One of the things that every comedian simply cannot have enough of is confidence.

But where does that confidence come from — especially in the beginning?

I would be so bold as to say that in stand-up comedy, having confidence on stage originates from having confidence in the material development process that a comedian uses — specifically one that works with a measure of success.
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challenges2One thing I know beyond a shadow of a doubt:

Folks will only struggle as a comedian for so long before that adventure falls into “too hard” category and toss it aside. That’s too bad because most people have more than enough comedy talent to make good headway as a comedian.

So a question that some may ask is “Are new comedians predisposed to struggle needlessly?”

Knowing what I know now, I would have to say with few exceptions that they probably are.

Now before I jump into why I think that way, please note that stand-up comedy is a challenging endeavor – certainly much more so than meets the eye for the casual observer. However, I also believe that there are a number of significant obstacles that are actually self-generated. Read the rest of this entry

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