Sometimes in the process of educating folks on the dynamics of developing a stand-up comedy routine, some of the most basic information can be missed.

And it has been said that it’s hard to get answers if you don’t know the questions to begin with.

So here’s a question that I know many new and prospective comedians have that never seems to get asked or addressed which is:
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One of the questions that new comedians have is:

Does it take 5-10 years to get good at stand-up comedy?

If you read some of the conventional books on stand-up comedy, that’s what they will tell you.

Personally, I think that question is not a very good one and should actually be broken down into two better questions: Read the rest of this entry

question-stand-up-resources1I was going through some of my old emails when I ran across an interesting question:

“On your stand-up course home page, you recommend that people try stand-up comedy books and other resources before considering your course. Can you be more specific about which books to use?”

First let me say that I currently do not endorse any of the so-called “how to” books on stand-up comedy (nor have I for years – they all have variations of the same lame approach to producing stand-up comedy material).

But I do recommend that people try what the popular books on stand-up comedy have to offer first and here’s why: Read the rest of this entry