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I am a firm believer that one of the real keys to becoming a high impact comedian or speaker starts with really understanding what it is you do in the first place when you make someone laugh in very ordinary, everyday situations.

Unfortunately, I also know that most people are looking for that “mechanical” or robotic means for generating big laughs on stage.
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e-markBecause stand-up comedy is a performance art form that is focused on verbal communication (talking)…

There is a hugely false perception that almost anyone can do it well given some “jokes” and some stage time.

Well, I will be the first to tell you that virtually anyone can suck at stand-up comedy — but only a relative few will ever excel at it to any noteworthy level.
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For anyone who is looking for stand-up comedy resources, there is one book that I consider a must read — especially for new comedians — that doesn’t fall into that category.

The name of the book is Comic Lives by Betsy Borns.

While the book is a bit dated (originally published in 1987), you simply won’t find a better resource for discovering what the world of stand-up comedy is really all about.
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