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Here’s a great question that comes up from time to time regarding “hit-or-miss” stand-up comedy material when it comes to generating laughs:

This seems to happen to me a lot – I will perform a new bit or use a new line in an existing bit and it will work great the first time I do it.

But when I try the material again, it doesn’t get near the laughs or it tanks. Do you know why?
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There are a number of people who find this blog using the search term “how to be a comedian”.

Here’s what I would tell anyone who wants to know how be a comedian and take a serious shot at stand-up comedy — broken down into 4 specific areas…

1. You must know what you are doing in order to be a comedian who can generate the big laughs on stage consistently.
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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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