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Probably one of the most unfortunate conditions that a comedian can experience is that they get hopelessly stuck in what I can only describe as “conventional” stand-up comedy “joke writing” mode.

When I refer to “conventional” joke writing, I am talking about the process of trying to fabricate funny jokes from a blank piece of paper using a literary writing skill set that is designed for consumption by an individual reader.

If you have read my article about using your natural comedy talent as a comedian, then you know that trying to “write” stand-up comedy material working only with words and sentences alone to get the audience laughter a comedian needs to succeed is problematic on a number of levels.

It’s kind of like trying to eat a bowl of rice using only one chopstick. Read the rest of this entry

You need only attend any stand-up comedy open mic anywhere in the world to experience this fact for yourself:

Anyone can suck at stand-up comedy.

Because of that fact, it should be very easy to understand why so many opportunities are available for those who don’t suck at stand-up comedy.

But the real question is:

Why do so many people suck at stand-up comedy — in many cases for years?
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Ken asks…

How difficult is stand-up comedy?

I’ve been a singer in a band for the last five years, played hundreds of gigs, in front of some pretty big audiences.

I rarely get properly nervous and any nerves I do get are usually a due to potential equipment failure, rather than a lack of faith in our ability.

After the bands next album, I’m thinking of trying my hand at stand up comedy. I have written comedy (though nowhere near the level I have in music) but never performed comedy.
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