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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.
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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.
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question-stand-up-resources1I was going through some of my old emails when I ran across an interesting question:

“On your stand-up course home page, you recommend that people try stand-up comedy books and other resources before considering your course. Can you be more specific about which books to use?”

First let me say that I currently do not endorse any of the so-called “how to” books on stand-up comedy (nor have I for years – they all have variations of the same lame approach to producing stand-up comedy material).

But I do recommend that people try what the popular books on stand-up comedy have to offer first and here’s why: Read the rest of this entry

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