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Let’s find out what you really know about stand-up comedy material…

There is a secret that is hidden in plain site when it comes to stand-up comedy material every comedian should know.

And if you don’t know what this secret is…

You can literally waste months if not years trying to “write” stand-up comedy material that works well for you on stage — provided you have comedy talent to begin with…

Here’s what you will find in this article:

1. A transcribed 2 1/2 minute stand-up comedy routine by a popular (and highly respected) comedian.

Note: There are 4 questions to answer at the end of this section you really need to answer for yourself.

2. The actual video of the comedian performing the stand-up comedy routine.

3. My final thoughts that include links to two additional articles that I highly recommend that you consume if you don’t want to be standing in the dumb ass line when it comes to developing stand-up comedy material that actually gets the big laughs.

I don’t want anyone with real comedy talent standing in that line I was talking about… :-)

What I am about to share with you cannot be found in ANY stand-up comedy writing book, class or workshop outside the Killer Stand-up Online Course or any associated resources:

The Transcribed Comedy Routine

Here is a transcribed 2 1/2 minute stand-up comedy bit from a very popular comedian. Read the material, then answer the questions that follow:

We needed a refrigerator for our new place and I’ve never bought a refrigerator in my whole life.

I went into the appliance store, there’s 900 of them lined up. There’s a salesman there. What’s this guy supposed to say about refrigerators?

“We have this refrigerator right here. This keeps all your food cold for 600. You’ve got this refrigerator. This keeps all your food cold for 800. Check this out – 1400. Keeps all your food cold.”

So this guy’s working me on this one. I’ve never seen a guy work so hard.

“This one is a very nice refrigerator. This one has a meats drawer. And what you do with that is you would put meats, whatever varieties you would choose. These would be your meats, so there’s no requirements on the types of meats you could pick. Bacon, marbled meats — there’s an endless selection. Endless.”

“And this one also has a crisper for crispy things — potato chips.”

“Look in the door. When the door is open, this has an egg area. And that’s a very nice thing. It’s an area for eggs. You put them all in the egg area. You come home and go where are the eggs? Right in the egg area.”

“And they’re all written in cursive and that’s a real nice feature.” It is. That is a nice touch.

Now answer these questions for yourself honestly:

1. When you read the comedy material above, did you begin laughing out loud?

I would be willing to bet my shirt that you didn’t fall to the ground in uncontrollable laughter when you read that bit.

2. If you handed that bit on a piece of paper to any of your friends, would they fall down laughing when they read it?

3. Can you easily identify which lines in that bit are the punchlines as it is “written” above? Can you even guess how many there are?

4. Can you tell me what critical aspects of laughter generation are missing from that bit as it is transcribed above?

Well, here are the incredible stats on the stand-up comedy material you just read as evidenced by Comedy Evaluator Pro:

Bit length: 150 seconds (2.5 minutes)
Words Used: 228
Seconds of Laughter Generated: 71 seconds
Punchlines Used: 16
Ave Seconds of laughter/minute: 28.4
PAR Score: 47.3

Now, let’s take a look at the actual video of the comedian performing the stand-up comedy routine above…

The Comedian In Action

Here is the video of the transcribed stand-up comedy routine that you just read.

The comedian in the video is Brian Regan:

Once again, here are the incredible stats on the stand-up comedy material you just read as evidenced by Comedy Evaluator Pro:

Bit length: 150 seconds (2.5 minutes)
Words Used: 228
Seconds of Laughter Generated: 71 seconds
Punchlines Used: 16
Ave Seconds of laughter/minute: 28.4
PAR Score: 47.3

FYI: You can transcribe the stand-up comedy routine of ANY comedian who is killing on stage and get similar results.

Now, for some final thoughts and some additional information you might want to review…

Final Thoughts

If you are among the masses who believe that stand-up comedy material must “read” funny from a piece of paper in order to work well on stage — well, you are essentially screwed when it comes to developing stand-up comedy material that will generate noteworthy laughs and here’s why:

1. Audiences don’t read stand-up comedy material — they experience it as it is expressed and delivered by the comedian.

Related Article: Are You Using A One Dimensional Approach In A Three Dimensional Performing Art?

2. Most stand-up comedy material (90%+) DOES NOT “read” funny on paper, whether it be one and two line “jokes” or topic based material. Do you know why?

Related Offsite Article: Why Most Stand-up Comedy Material Doesn’t Read Funny On Paper

3. As I mentioned in the video, a good chunk of stand-up comedy material actually won’t make much sense at all as it “reads” from a piece of paper. Do you know why?

Well, you should if you review those two supplemental articles above.

4. An individual who does not have sufficient comedy talent — right from the beginning — cannot “write” their way to killing on stage.

“Writing” comedy material that is designed to be “read” is one of the fastest paths to bombing on stage as a comedian.

But don’t take my word for it. Verify what I am telling your for yourself beyond what I have presented in this update.

Transcribe just one minute of your favorite comedian killing on stage, print it up and show it to other comedians, friends, co-workers, etc (without a heading or indication that it is stand-up comedy material). See if they fall down to floor laughing.

There’s a hard way and a much, much easier way to develop stand-up comedy material that works well on stage — provided you actually have comedy talent to begin with.

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Leading stand-up comedy educator and trainer, providing proven 21st century strategies and techniques for individuals who wish to become comedians on a professional level. For a detailed stand-up comedy resume go to: Steve Roye's Stand-up Resume.