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I know that there are many who want to “write” a stand-up comedy act that works who think that the way it is done is like writing a book report or a short story.

They also tend to believe that there are specific “writing techniques” that will somehow enhance the process.

Those sort of things may be beneficial if an audience was going to read a comedian’s stand-up comedy material or if a comedian was going to read their stand-up comedy act to an audience.

Neither one of these things actually happen in the realm of stand-up comedy.
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repeat2Sometimes in the process of educating folks on the dynamics of developing a stand-up comedy routine, some of the most basic information can be missed.

And it has been said that it’s hard to get answers if you don’t know the questions to begin with.

So here’s a question that I know many new and prospective comedians have that is pretty darn important and can actually have an impact on a new comedian’s progress which is:
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What critical skill set attributes should a comedian possess in order to slay an audience?

By slaying an audience, I am specifically referring to generating 4-6 quality laughs per minute for an average of 18+ seconds of audience laughter each minute.

I would say that the skill set for a comedian would include at least these 5 essential attributes: Read the rest of this entry

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