My Stand-up Comedy Material Works Well Sometimes, Not So Well Other Times – What Gives?

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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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Yes, You Can Tell Stories As A Comedian

yes2One of the more recognizable so-called comedy “experts” has made it a point to say that if you are telling stories as a comedian, you aren’t doing stand-up comedy.

That is 100% false.

Obviously, this particular comedy “expert” has never heard of or listened to some popular and hilarious story telling comedians like:

[one_half]- Bill Cosby
– Tim Allen
– Bill Hicks
– Paula Poundstone
– Jeff Foxworthy[/one_half][one_half_last]- Ron White
– Katt Williams
– Bill Engvall
– Eddie Izzard
– Gabriel Iglesias[/one_half_last][divider]

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Is Stand-up Comedy Difficult?

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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