There’s a pretty good chance that you have landed on this page looking for the best comedy topics — for a speech, presentation or a stand-up comedy routine.
Note: The comedy mechanics used to generate laughter in a casual conversation, a speech or a stand-up comedy routine are exactly the same — only the content structure is a little different for each.
So, let’s get to the burning question…
Is there such a thing as a best comedy topic?
Actually, that question is too broad to answer intelligently or accurately.
Here are some better questions that may help you in your search for the best comedy topics:
Are there “generic” topics that can lend themselves to laughter generation? The answer is no.
To set out to try to find a generic list of topics that anyone could use to generate laughter is much like trying to find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
Are there specific topics that can lend themselves to laughter generation on an individual basis?
The answer is yes, but here’s what you need to know about trying to find the best comedy topics that will work for you:
As I mentioned in the video above, there are two criteria that you need to know to be able to pinpoint comedy topics that will work for you…
Pinpointing Comedy Topics That Will Work For You
By and large, it is overwhelmingly NOT the topic that makes stand-up comedy material funny.
It is the comedian’s interest in, passion about or connection with any particular topic, along with the associated delivery that makes stand-up comedy funny material or not.
However, there are exceptions to every rule.
As I mentioned in the video, there is one particular topic category that seems to lend itself easily to great stand-up comedy material and that is…
Strange and unusual news stories.
This can be evidenced by the frequent use of strange and unusual news stories in the comedy monologues delivered by late night TV hosts.
I used strange and unusual news stories frequently in my own stand-up comedy act when I was actively performing. And I will admit…
Just by the nature of the articles themselves, I have found it super easy to develop great and original comedy material from these colossal tales of incredible stupidity, sometimes developing 1-2 minutes of headliner material just from a single strange and unusual news story headline alone.
But when it comes to comedy topics overall, there are really no “best comedy topics” with the exception stated above — an even then, if strange and unusual news stories don’t interest you, you will have a difficult time “fabricating” funny from those (just like with any other topic).
For speaking pros: Check out this great resource for comedy material for speeches.
If you review the stand-up comedy topics for 10 comedians, you will easily recognize that many of they things that they talk about are common, ordinary and sometimes mundane.
Just remember this:
Every single topic and premise has been done by at least one of thousands (if not hundreds) of comedians who talk about the common things we all know and can easily recognize and relate to.
If you hear someone who has been in the stand-up comedy business for awhile say “It’s all been done”, that’s what they mean.
What makes any comedian’s stand-up comedy “unique” has little to do with the topic or premise they are talking about — it has to do with that comedian’s unique point of view, passion and delivery of that material.
Stand-up Comedy Tip: No matter what — it’s the comedian who makes any particular topic funny, not the other way around.
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