One of the most common problems that new comedians who are trying to figure out how to write stand-up comedy have is that their set-ups to the punchlines in their stand-up comedy material are simply way too long.

In this article I am going to cover this very important topic in three sections:

1. Basic performance and audience laughter dynamics

2. Factors that directly contribute to set-up lines that are too long

3. Article wrap up

With that said, let’s get down to business… Read the rest of this entry

During my comedy career I performed many bar gigs that were great.

I performed at many others during my stand-up comedy career that didn’t quite make it into that category.

Every bar gig I ever performed at was arranged or set up by another comedian. Most of the time it was a more experienced comedian that set up the show.

Other times it was newer comedians who set up the show who were either looking for another avenue for stage time or to make a some money from the endeavor. Read the rest of this entry

Here’s a great question that comes up from time to time regarding “hit-or-miss” stand-up comedy material when it comes to generating laughs:

This seems to happen to me a lot – I will perform a new bit or use a new line in an existing bit and it will work great the first time I do it.

But when I try the material again, it doesn’t get near the laughs or it tanks. Do you know why?
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