Can I Know If My Stand-up Comedy Material Is Funny Before I Take It To The Stage?

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question9One of things almost every comedian wants to know, no matter what level they may be at is:

“Is there any way to know if my stand-up comedy material will work before I deliver it on stage?”

That is a very difficult question to answer with a simple yes-or-no answer because there are a number of very important variables that must be considered in order to provide a meaningful response.
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The Truth About Set-up Lines And Punchlines

If you have ever wondered why I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that most stand-up books, workshops and courses are virtually WORTHLESS when it comes to learning how to “write” comedy for material for a stand-up comedy act, speech or presentation that actually gets laughs…

Let me show you in vivid detail exactly why I harbor such beliefs.

I was searching online for the definitions of set-up lines and punchlines as they relate to “writing” stand-up comedy material.
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Are Long Set-up Lines Keeping You From Getting The Laughs You Want?

One of the most common problems that new comedians who are trying to figure out how to write stand-up comedy have is that their set-ups to the punchlines in their stand-up comedy material are simply way too long.

In this article I am going to cover this very important topic in three sections:

1. Basic performance and audience laughter dynamics

2. Factors that directly contribute to set-up lines that are too long

3. Article wrap up

With that said, let’s get down to business… Continue reading