New To Stand-up Comedy? A Great Starting Point: ComedyUniversity.com

One of the things that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt about most people who are trying to learn how to be a comedian is that they simply either don’t rehearse or don’t rehearse enough prior to a performance.

This single factor can keep a comedian from progressing quickly and being able to generate the big laughs on stage in a short amount of time.
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One of the questions I get from time to time is this:

“Should I rehearse or practice my stand-up act in front of a mirror?”

As a general rule, I don’t advocate rehearsing in front of a mirror (with some exceptions) and here’s why:

If an individual is rehearsing in front of a mirror, it usually means that they are trying to “fabricate” the facial expressions and body language to compliment their stand-up comedy material.
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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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