The Difference Between Comedy Speeches And Stand-up Comedy

comedy speechesMany people are under the impression that the process for generating laughter while giving a speech or presentation is somehow vastly different from delivering stand-up comedy.

This notion is FALSE.

The comedy mechanics for generating audience laughter are exactly the same as those needed for stand-up comedy regardless of the speaking environment.

The big difference is that speeches and presentations usually contain “informational content” that is not designed or intended to generate laughter.

For any trainer, teacher or public speaker who is looking to “spice” up their speeches and presentations with comedy and humor, here’s what you need to know:

1. Just like with comedians, one cannot simply “write” themselves into being “funny” for an audience — they must have AND apply some baseline comedy talent in order to generate significant laughter (see #4 below).

Writing is simply not the same communication method as verbal communication – the two are vastly different in the way they are learned, executed and the audience receiving the communication. Subsequently, “writing” is not completely interchangeable with talking to provide the desired outcome (laughter).

2. Public speakers have two choices when it comes to generating laughs with “original” comedy material (based on an individual’s sense of humor):

  • They can react to the material (informational content) they are delivering using their own sense of humor or…
  • They can add content that they CAN react to using their sense of humor relative to the “informational content” that is presented.

Either way, it is about structuring what one wants to say in a way that gets the most laughs possible when appropriate.

3. Public speakers have the advantage of being able to inject common street jokes that are appropriate into their presentation (not usually the case in the comedy club scene) along with funny quotes as long as credit for the quotes are provided.

4. Just like with comedians, MOST of a speaking professional’s laughter generation power comes from their delivery and effective use of their already developed expressive comedy traits — not the literal words and sentences used.

Again, those visible an audible aspects are not usually considered when stand-up comedy material is “written” in a manner that is designed to be read versus that which designed to be expressed and experienced by a live audience.

Bottom line:

When it comes to generating laughter from an audience, there is NO difference between public speaking and stand-up comedy as far as the comedy mechanics go. It still revolves around structuring what one wants to say in a natural and organic way way that produces the most laughter possible.

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4 Replies to “The Difference Between Comedy Speeches And Stand-up Comedy”

  1. I am currently trying to transition from delivery an After-Dinner-Type public speaking speech to full-on stand up comedy. I’d say that this information is generally true. I will say, however, that to a certain extent you can “write” yourself to being funny in a formal, rehearsed, memorized speech, mostly because in that type of environment delivery style past basic public speaking traits seems to matter slightly less. But, overall, I’d say that having comedy talent is definitely also needed to reach higher levels of laughter.

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