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Riffing in stand-up comedy is when a comedian interacts with an audience by asking questions to the entire audience or individual audience members, hoping to use their “razor sharp wit” to generate laughs as a result of the interaction.
Usually that “razor sharp wit” turns out to be about as sharp as a sack full of hammers.
It always used to crack me up when I would meet a comedian at an open mic who would say something like this: Continue reading
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.
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.