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question9One of things almost every comedian wants to know, no matter what level they may be at is:

“Is there any way to know if my stand-up comedy material will work before I deliver it on stage?”

That is a very difficult question to answer with a simple yes-or-no answer because there are a number of very important variables that must be considered in order to provide a meaningful response.
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One of the questions I get from time to time is this:

“Should I rehearse or practice my stand-up act in front of a mirror?”

As a general rule, I don’t advocate rehearsing in front of a mirror (with some exceptions) and here’s why:

If an individual is rehearsing in front of a mirror, it usually means that they are trying to “fabricate” the facial expressions and body language to compliment their stand-up comedy material.
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One of the things new comedians want to know is how many jokes are in a minute of stand-up comedy material.

If a comedian wants to generate headliner laughter levels, they need to average 4-6+ laughs per minute.

That equates to an average 4-6+ punchlines (jokes) that generate laughs every performing minute.

For 5 minutes of stand-up comedy material, that would equate to 20-30 “jokes” (punchlines) for that set.
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