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Probably one of the most unfortunate conditions that a comedian can experience is that they get hopelessly stuck in what I can only describe as “conventional” stand-up comedy “joke writing” mode.

When I refer to “conventional” joke writing, I am talking about the process of trying to fabricate funny jokes from a blank piece of paper using a literary writing skill set that is designed for consumption by an individual reader.

If you have read my article about using your natural comedy talent as a comedian, then you know that trying to “write” stand-up comedy material working only with words and sentences alone to get the audience laughter a comedian needs to succeed is problematic on a number of levels.

It’s kind of like trying to eat a bowl of rice using only one chopstick. Read the rest of this entry

Recently I stumbled across an interesting new program that I’m pretty excited about called Extrovert Me.

But I am not convinced that folks know what extroversion is or why it matters as a comedian (no, it’s not some sort of sexual fetish).

So, let’s test your knowledge.

Below are 4 YouTube stand-up comedy videos of comedians that you probably know or have heard of.
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performance-improvement2One of the most basic ways that a comedian can review their stand-up comedy act for performance improvement is to simply count the number of laughs generated each minute they are on stage.

All that is needed is a video or audio recording of the set you wish to review, along with some fingers and toes to count with.

I should mention that what I am about to share with you regarding laughs per minute is only a very rough, largely inaccurate performance gauge and just like with any stand-up comedy set, your performances will usually always vary to some degree relative to the audience size, seating, and attentiveness to your show. Read the rest of this entry

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