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I think it is important for comedians to know how stand-up comedy videos are handled and processed by organizations or talent professionals who book or hire stand-up comedy talent…
Whether these videos are YouTube videos or in DVD format.
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Here are some important factors every comedian should understand about stand-up comedy video recordings:
1. A video recording is a “snapshot” of a comedian’s ability to generate laughter for the live audience present at the time of the recording.
2. Laughter from the recorded live audience does not carry over during individual viewership, no matter how hard or often the laughter occurs.
3. Because of #2 above, how “funny” a comedian is or is not will be determined on an individual viewership basis by how closely an individual relates to the stand-up comedy material (content) being presented — not the level of laughter generated in a live performance setting.
In other words…
The recorded live audience could be laughing hysterically, while an individual viewer could be less than amused.
Stand-up comedy professionals — comedy club managers, talent agencies and booking entities understand this phenomenon.
Subsequently, they ask and answer two major performance related questions (among others) when reviewing unedited stand-up comedy videos with the intent to hire:
1. How much laughter can the comedian consistently generate in a live performing environment?
2. Will this stand-up comedy act (content, style, etc.) appeal to the audience that I am booking for?
Think of it this way — if comedy club managers, talent agencies and booking entities only hired/recommended acts that they personally liked from individual viewership of a stand-up comedy video…
Most these folks (and a lot of funny comedians) would be out of business.
Comedy Evaluator Pro can be used to easily determine a comedian’s strength (laughter generation ability) in the live performing environment (recorded) — actually, any novice can make that determination; no special skills are required.
But CEP cannot answer this question:
Will this stand-up comedy act (content, style, etc.) appeal to the audience that I am booking for?
That aspect of hiring a comedian will always be determined by the booking professional who is hiring/recommending for an act for a show — knowing from experience what their target audience will appreciate when it comes to stand-up comedy material (content, style, etc.).
Related article: Why Stand-up Comedy YouTube Videos Usually Don’t Go Viral
HUGE HINT: As a comedian, I would NEVER send/submit a stand-up comedy video to any booking entity that didn’t show me delivering at least 18 seconds of laughter each minute (average) — in any unedited, continuous clip.
Related article: Setting Standards For Stand-up Comedians
As the saying goes — you don’t get a second chance at a first impression. 🙂