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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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challenges2One thing I know beyond a shadow of a doubt:

Folks will only struggle as a comedian for so long before that adventure falls into “too hard” category and toss it aside. That’s too bad because most people have more than enough comedy talent to make good headway as a comedian.

So a question that some may ask is “Are new comedians predisposed to struggle needlessly?”

Knowing what I know now, I would have to say with few exceptions that they probably are.

Now before I jump into why I think that way, please note that stand-up comedy is a challenging endeavor – certainly much more so than meets the eye for the casual observer. However, I also believe that there are a number of significant obstacles that are actually self-generated. Read the rest of this entry

I have been approached by several journalists lately with broad questions about stand-up comedy.

One of those questions was:

Why hasn’t stand-up comedy been big since the late 1980’s?

It’s a well-known fact that stand-up comedy was a massively booming industry in the early to mid ‘80’s — largely due to the difficult economic situation, the novelty of stand-up comedy at the time and its affordability as far as live entertainment goes.
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