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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.
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.
I get emails all the time that basically go like this:
I’m in a comedy class, but then I found your stuff online. What makes your stuff any better than what I am getting in the comedy class that I am in?
Here’s my take on comedy classes and comedy workshops:
While they may be a great starting point for the most BASIC information about stand-up comedy, don’t expect to learn much about how to create a headliner level stand-up comedy act.