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Sometimes I get difficult, if not impossible questions like:

Am I funny enough for stand-up comedy or am I just wasting my time?

Without knowing an individual personally or without reviewing a video of an individual performing stand-up comedy, there’s no way for me to tell.

But I can tell you what I know, which is:

Most people (roughly 60%-70%) who make the decision to jump into stand-up comedy have all the natural comedy talent they need to do well as a comedian.
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question-stand-up-resources1I was going through some of my old emails when I ran across an interesting question:

“On your stand-up course home page, you recommend that people try stand-up comedy books and other resources before considering your course. Can you be more specific about which books to use?”

First let me say that I currently do not endorse any of the so-called “how to” books on stand-up comedy (nor have I for years – they all have variations of the same lame approach to producing stand-up comedy material).

But I do recommend that people try what the popular books on stand-up comedy have to offer first and here’s why: Read the rest of this entry

One of the things I have been trying to tell people for years is that…

Using “conventional” joke writing methods to develop stand-up comedy material that actually works to get big laughs on stage is a lot like trying to pick your teeth with a chain saw.

But that’s what all the comedians say you have to do.

And that’s what all the so-called stand-up comedy “experts” teach — it’s all about “joke writing” when it comes to developing stand-up comedy material for the stage.
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