Is Stand-up Comedy Difficult?

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Ken asks…

How difficult is stand-up comedy?

I’ve been a singer in a band for the last five years, played hundreds of gigs, in front of some pretty big audiences.

I rarely get properly nervous and any nerves I do get are usually a due to potential equipment failure, rather than a lack of faith in our ability.

After the bands next album, I’m thinking of trying my hand at stand up comedy. I have written comedy (though nowhere near the level I have in music) but never performed comedy.
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Getting Big Laughs As A Comedian Involves More Than Writing Comedy Material

laughing-face1Most new comedians tend to be fixated on the notion that writing comedy material that gets big audience laughs makes up the lion’s share of the stand-up comedy process.

To be fair, that’s how I started out myself as a new comedian.

Here are a couple of interesting questions that I received from a stand-up comedy tips blog reader that are representative of the type of questions I get regarding how to write stand-up comedy material:

How do you get a big laugh instead of a little laugh?

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