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Before someone invests time and effort learning how to become a comedian…

One of the questions that many prospective comedians have is this:

What are my chances of becoming a comedian?

That question is very broad and doesn’t have a single answer because there are a number of variables that affect an individual’s chances of becoming a comedian who is noteworthy and who can be afforded opportunities to become a professional comedian.
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I find it amusing when aspiring comedians want to get into a spirited discussion with me about stand-up comedy “styles” — joke telling vs. story telling or topic based stand-up comedy and how that somehow makes a comedian funny or not.

The Cold, Hard Truth

Here’s reality:

“Style” doesn’t matter. Whether a comedian uses props, music, PowerPoint presentations, magic tricks or whatever — doesn’t matter. What a comedian talks about doesn’t matter (unless it is for work outside the comedy club market).
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Lately folks have been reaching this blog by using this search phrase:

How do I get my first paid stand-up comedy gig?

Performing as a stand-up comedian is a very thrilling adventure once they are able to generate significant laughs.

But getting paid to perform is awesome as well.

As a general rule, here’s how many comedians get their first paid gig: Read the rest of this entry

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