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It is easy to understand why anyone who has attended or performed at a stand-up comedy open mic night could easily assume that stand-up comedy is highly competitive.

Don’t be fooled.

Just because there are usually a couple of dozen comedians taking to the stage on any particular open mic night is somewhat misleading when it comes to making an accurate assessment on how competitive stand-up comedy actually is.
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Before someone invests time and effort learning how to become a comedian…

One of the questions that many prospective comedians have is this:

What are my chances of becoming a comedian?

That question is very broad and doesn’t have a single answer because there are a number of variables that affect an individual’s chances of becoming a comedian who is noteworthy and who can be afforded opportunities to become a professional comedian.
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comedy-stage1One of the things I can tell you with great certainty is that when I made the decision to take a shot at stand-up comedy and started signing up for open mic nights, I was hugely unprepared.

I had a vision in my head about what stand-up comedy was and how it should be done based solely on having watched countless hours of stand-up comedy on TV.

In retrospect, I can also say that the only thing that did for me was leave a big butt mark in my sofa — it was of no value to me whatsoever when it came to my open mic performances. Read the rest of this entry

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