Stand-up Comedy Tips I Don’t Care For (Con’t)
Listen to yourself. Use an audio tape or preferably a video tape to play back your routine. Take notes. Develop your comic timing. Pay attention to body movement and language.
Develop your comic timing by listening recordings of yourself — how in the heck is that supposed to work? What’s the connection with body language as it relates to a recording without an audience present?
The reality is that you already have much of the “timing” you are ever going to have in the way you talk and express yourself.
Not only that, the natural body language you already use to express yourself doesn’t need any adjustment provided the material you are delivering is natural to you and your sense of humor/comedy talent.
But in order to use your built-in comedy timing to your advantage, you need to have a solid rehearsal process that incorporates those important timing attributes right from the beginning.
Merely using audio or video beforehand has no real benefit I can identify (except under specific circumstances), primarily because you don’t use a video or audio when you cause people to laugh in everyday life (which is you effectively using stand-up comedy techniques that are specific to you).
The real danger in this approach is that you would be working on (and ultimately delivering) some type of phony, prefabricated version of you, your sense of humor and your comedy talent that is simply not natural to you.
Audiences are smart and detect that sort of thing a mile away. Subsequently, it reduces or even eliminates the laughter response you can get, even with the funniest stand-up comedy material at your disposal.
The timing aspects beyond those you already have (which are specific to stage skill and performances) are also what you should be aware of.
But you can only really do anything about these AFTER a stage performance you can review (audio or video), not before as timing on stage involves audience reactions (laughter).
Objective self-evaluation is one of the most important things you can do to develop and tighten you stand-up comedy act quickly.
But again, you need to know exactly what you are evaluating in order to benefit from any post-performance self-evaluation.
Develop your own onstage persona. This may take years to do. Rodney Dangerfield took 20 years to create his famous “No Respect” routine. Keep at it. Perseverance pays off.
If you have studied the Killer Stand-up Online Course, you know that this information is FALSE. You DON’T have to develop any sort of special onstage persona to develop and deliver a powerful and funny stand-up comedy routine.
If you are a naturally funny person in everyday life, you already have a well-developed persona and the chances are very high that the natural persona you have now is more than suited for the comedy stage — if you will learn how to simply hone and refine it for the stage.
If you will work to capture that already developed persona — being the person you are right now – for the stand-up comedy stage, you can literally shave years off the time it takes to develop that “special” onstage persona that the stand-up comedy tip above describes.
Otherwise, you end up adding an additional, unnecessary layer of difficulty to an already challenging process, literally adding YEARS to creating a noteworthy stand-up comedy act.
The Questions You Can Ask
There are only a relatively few questions you need to ask for yourself that will help you determine whether any stand-up comedy tip is valuable or not:
- Does it help me understand the comedy talent that I already have?
- Is there any real value in this tip or is it simply a waste of time?
- Does the information resonate with me or not?
- Is this tip a springboard for further exploration for more extensive information or is it just page filler that seems to sound good and make sense?
These are just a few starter questions you should ask, whether you are reviewing information here or anywhere else.
As a matter of fact…
I would take the time to develop some of your own questions that will help you determine the validity or value of any stand-up comedy tip.
What I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt is this:
The overwhelming majority of stand-up comedy tips that you will find elsewhere are presented from an outside in approach. My inside out approach is the exception, not the rule – even with many years of online presence under my belt.
Subsequently, you will find plenty of verification and duplicity with regards to an outside in approach. With my stand-up comedy tips, you will be hard pressed to find any sort of direct source verification.
What I have to offer is simply not, nor will probably ever be “mainstream” and I am good with that.
So the bottom line is this: only you can determine what tips you should “hang your hat on” in your stand-up comedy adventures.