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I know that there are many who want to “write” a stand-up comedy act that works who think that the way it is done is like writing a book report or a short story.
They also tend to believe that there are specific “writing techniques” that will somehow enhance the process.
Those sort of things may be beneficial if an audience was going to read a comedian’s stand-up comedy material or if a comedian was going to read their stand-up comedy act to an audience.
Neither one of these things actually happen in the realm of stand-up comedy.
There are a number of people who find this blog using the search term “how to be a comedian”.
Here’s what I would tell anyone who wants to know how be a comedian and take a serious shot at stand-up comedy — broken down into 4 specific areas…
1. You must know what you are doing in order to be a comedian who can generate the big laughs on stage consistently.
Sometimes I get difficult, if not impossible questions like:
Am I funny enough for stand-up comedy or am I just wasting my time?
Without knowing an individual personally or without reviewing a video of an individual performing stand-up comedy, there’s no way for me to tell.
But I can tell you what I know, which is:
Most people (roughly 60%-70%) who make the decision to jump into stand-up comedy have all the natural comedy talent they need to do well as a comedian.