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Update: If you would like to put this article into a humorous perspective, please check out the movie Idiocracy starring Luke Wilson first — then read this article.

The second an individual takes that big step into the public spotlight as a comedian, no matter who they are…

Critics will swarm in from every possible source, whether it be in stand-up comedy, or any other adventure that puts an individual or their talent into public view — just like a vultures on a carcass.
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Most people who set out to tackle stand-up comedy assume that the real key to success is all about mastering the “writing” – usually in the literal sense.

I don’t subscribe to that notion at all.

As a matter of fact, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that any comedian or comedy entertainer who focuses only on “writing” as the means to get big laughs on stage…
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Another question I get on a fairly regular basis is this:

“Should I use a stage name as a comedian?”

And my answer is that it is a 100% personal choice. If you want to use a stage name, go for it. If you want to use your real name, go for it.

But here’s what you really need to know:

A stage name won’t make a person funnier. It’s talent that makes a name, not the other way around. It’s talent that will put a name in the eye of the public, not the other way around.
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