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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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laughing-face1Most new comedians tend to be fixated on the notion that writing comedy material that gets big audience laughs makes up the lion’s share of the stand-up comedy process.

To be fair, that’s how I started out myself as a new comedian.

Here are a couple of interesting questions that I received from a stand-up comedy tips blog reader that are representative of the type of questions I get regarding how to write stand-up comedy material:

How do you get a big laugh instead of a little laugh?

Is there a formula… or technique that you can use (something separate from practicing) that will give me bigger laughs on stage? Read the rest of this entry

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