New To Stand-up Comedy? A Great Starting Point: ComedyUniversity.com

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

For those wanting to know how to become a comedian…

It is pretty much a self proclaimed affair, meaning that once you are in a position to tell others that you are a comedian, well — you are one.

But let me be a bit more specific on the process that almost everyone takes to become a comedian…

The very first thing an individual usually does is to locate performing opportunities in their area — places to “work out” their stand-up comedy material. Read the rest of this entry

dissected-frogIf you have reviewed any number of articles on this blog then you know that…

I am NOT a fan of what I can only describe as “conventional” approaches to developing and delivering a stand-up comedy routine that will actually work to generate laughs.

However I can say with great confidence that one of my greatest challenges as a stand-up educator has been specifically identifying why I strongly believe that most stand-up comedy resources — whether they be books or live instruction — are essentially worthless to the new comedian who wants to develop a stand-up comedy act that actually gets laughs.

So in this article I am going to make yet another attempt to do so, keeping this one particular aspect in mind: Read the rest of this entry

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