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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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It takes a tremendous amount of drive and determination to become a headlining comedian.

You must possess the confidence, talent and skill to be able to entertain audiences consistently, generating an average of 18+ seconds of laughter, cheering or applause for each performing minute — for 45 minutes to an hour.

That is no small feat, I can assure you. These folks stand among the stand-up comedy elite and they have set the standards for other talented comedians to achieve.
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