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One 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.
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.
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