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One 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. Continue reading
Many of the popular stand-up comedy books, courses, workshops and classes suggest that an individual who wants be successful as a comedian needs to develop a special and unique stage “character”.
Oddly enough, none of these books give much in the way of insight on exactly how to develop this special “character”. The same can be said of most stand-up comedy workshops and classes as well.
Just about anyone past the 6th grade can tell you that a punchline is the funny part of a joke.
And you don’t have to be a comedian to know that a punchline contains an unexpected element of surprise.
But here’s the big question…
How does knowing that information help any comedian produce punchlines in their stand-up comedy material that will actually work to get laughs? The reason that I ask is because…