If you have ever wondered why I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that most stand-up books, workshops and courses are virtually WORTHLESS when it comes to learning how to “write” comedy for material for a stand-up comedy act, speech or presentation that actually gets laughs…
Let me show you in vivid detail exactly why I harbor such beliefs.
I was searching online for the definitions of set-up lines and punchlines as they relate to “writing” stand-up comedy material.
What critical skill set attributes should a comedian possess in order to slay an audience?
By slaying an audience, I am specifically referring to generating 4-6 quality laughs per minute for an average of 18+ seconds of audience laughter each minute.
I would say that the skill set for a comedian would include at least these 5 essential attributes: Continue reading
Let’s assume that there are two comedians performing five minute sets at a comedy club.
The first comedian averages 18 seconds of laughter each performing minute.
The second comedian averages 5 seconds of laughter each performing minute.
Which comedian is funnier?
Let me give you a hint of just how much funnier one is over the other…
A comedian who can only generate 5 seconds of laughter per minute is bombing (which should be called audience abuse or publicly humiliating oneself).