If you strongly believe that the key to becoming a powerful and funny comedian is to “write” jokes the way all the “traditional” stand-up comedy books, courses, workshops and online websites say that you should…
I truly wish you the best of luck because luck is really all you are going to have to depend on when it comes to actually developing a stand-up comedy routine that actually works on stage using the “conventional” joke writing methodologies.
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Just disregard these concrete facts as you set out on the difficult path to “writing” stand-up comedy “jokes”:
1. Anything that is “written” on paper is one dimensional. Stand-up comedy on the other hand is 3 dimensional (words + voice tone variations + body language), with the words being used representing only 7% of a comedian’s ability to generate laughs from an audience.
In other words, the “writing” part is the LEAST significant part of getting laughs on stage. But that’s not what all the so-called stand-up “gurus” say or focus on.
Here’s another way to put this:
While a steering wheel is an essential part of an automobile, it is pretty much worthless without the rest of the car.
2. No matter how funny an individual thinks they may be in everyday life, stand-up comedy can be overwhelmingly brutal if a person doesn’t really know how to structure a stand-up comedy routine and know what they are doing on stage.
Merely having two thumbs and a bunch of paper written “jokes” is not enough to generate big laughs on stage.
3. What “reads” funny on paper may have great value when it comes to greeting cards, but when it comes to stand-up comedy…
Most stand-up comedy material doesn’t “read funny” from a piece of paper, no matter what system or method you use to develop a stand-up comedy routine.
Hint: Transcribe just one minute of your favorite comedian in action from a YouTube video to verify this. Show what you transcribed to friends or co-workers and see if they fall down laughing.
I’ve said this before and I will say it over and over again:
If you are a truly a naturally funny and entertaining person in everyday life and you want to approach stand-up comedy in the most difficult and time consuming way possible, possibly taking years to make real progress, do this:
1. Check out all the free information online about how to “write” a stand-up comedy routine.
Check out eHow.com — they have videos full of the same old useless and ineffective information you will get in most stand-up comedy workshops and classes.
2. Get your hands on a couple of the most popular books on “writing” stand-up comedy. They are available here from Amazon.com.
Note: Save a buck — you can get most of these used for cheap.
3. Take a comedy workshop or class offered in your local area (review #1 above before you do this — again, another money saver because you will get little more in a stand-up comedy class than you will from online videos that are available for free).
Spend just 6 months using what the all the other stand-up comedy “gurus” have to offer — see if it really works for you. Send me a YouTube video of your act when you are able to produce 18+ seconds of laughter on stage for each performing minute (PAR Score 30+).
Then, when you discover how extremely difficult it is trying to “write” and deliver a powerful stand-up comedy routine using the “conventional” approach…
Come back and check out the Success Stories on this page — see if getting results like that appeals to you after sucking on stage a couple of times.