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The short answer to that question is — no.
But if you are going to build a successful fan club or information hub in a particular market or niche, you will need a measure of passion and the desire to talk about your area of interest with passion.
Notice I said talk, not write. Here’s why…
If you take a look at the recent issues surrounding Trevor Noah (who replaced Jon Stewart on The Daily Show), you are actually looking at a fairly common issue among comedians regardless of their tenure as an entertainer.
The issue that I am referring to can be summed up this way by the comedian:
“I am a comedian. And what I have to say and the way I want to say it is solely up to me without further regard because I have reached [insert level, title, etc.] as a comedy artist.”
Trevor Noah came under heavy fire for some offensive social media activity and I highly suspect that this sort of mentality plays a role in the issue. Continue reading
I found an interesting article about stand-up comedy and women with this headline:
Is a workshop for women the way to break into the male-dominated world of stand-up comedy?
It kind of hit me the wrong way because it appears to imply that women don’t have the same opportunities in stand-up comedy as men, which is 100% bogus.
Here’s the real deal:
If you go to ANY stand-up comedy open mic, you will find that the folks who try to get stage time there are mostly men, not women.