Confidence: A Critical Element In Laughter Generation As A Comedian

One of the things that every comedian must have if they want to generate big audience laughter is confidence.

Here’s why I say that:

Audiences know – either on a conscious or subconscious level when a comedian is confident and when they are not and will respond (or not respond) accordingly.

Confidence as a comedian is learned based on two primary aspects – advanced preparation and experience, both of which are related to each other.

Let’s talk about advanced preparation first.

Everyone remembers a time in school when they knew they had a big test to study for, but for whatever reason they failed to study.

Then when it’s time to take the test, they know they are not prepared and have no confidence in their ability to do well. And the results tell the tale.

Stand-up comedy is no different in that regard.

Most new comedians are less than adequately prepared to deliver a tight, well-structured stand-up routine.

They don’t have much confidence in the process they use to develop their stand-up comedy material to begin with.

This is mostly due to the fact they are working primarily with words and sentences on paper that are designed to be “read” by one person instead of verbally expressed to a group of people in person (the difference is HUGE).

When this sort of “writing” process is used, there is a massive amount of second guessing about what is actually funny or not, leading to an increased amount of trial and error.

To make matters worse, they don’t rehearse or don’t even know how to properly rehearse to get maximum laughter response even if the stand-up comedy material they developed is solid.

Ultimately, they hit the stage without much confidence at all, which creates a less than optimal environment to generate laughs.

This situation is very much similar to not being prepared to take a test.

The amount of proper preparation that a comedian engages in then directly impacts the experience they have on stage — and whether or not that experiences develops confidence or reinforces a lack of it.

Now, let’s talk about confidence as it relates to experience…

Confidence is learned from having a positive experience, then having repeat episodes of the same positive experience with consistency.

This applies to most anything in life, whether it involves cooking, repairing a car or stand-up comedy.

Needless to say, proper preparation and actually knowing what you are doing BEFORE you hit the stand-up comedy stage is critical to having experiences on stage (getting the big laughs) that will bolster your confidence on a performance-by-performance basis.

As I have said before, there is much more involved in developing and delivering stand-up comedy material that actually works than meets the eye.

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Now you know just one of the important reasons why.

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3 Replies to “Confidence: A Critical Element In Laughter Generation As A Comedian”

  1. While smoking and soda can agitate the nervous system, the real issue lies in what you said – I know what works and what doesn’t. It’s that “what doesn’t work” part that’s probably causing the lion’s share of the issues.

    If you know how to engage in performance improvement processes, you should be able to intelligently adjust or remove comedy material that doesn’t work, leaving you with “core” material that works with great consistency in a short period of time. This establishes the basis for confidence that grows, ultimately reducing that nervous feeling and increased heart rate.

    You should have anticipation before hitting the stage. But there is a big difference between anticipation of something you look forward to doing that is exciting and experiencing dread (which has a foundation in doubt).

    Doubt is a not a comedian’s friend – confidence is. Confidence is knowing without hesitation or reservation that you are going to slay the audience before you ever reach the stage. And having confidence is not about just one thing. It’s a about a combination of things that work together to create the laughs you want on stage (and effectively reduces or eliminates dread).

  2. I don’t lack for confidence. I’m a ledgend in my own mind. I truly believe I’m a headliner waiting for an open-mic.

    I need a good dose of humble pie to set me straight. I hope I am at least competent my first time out, but I expect to kill. I’m sure I won’t be instantly great, but hopefully I’m not garbage either. I can’t wait to get on stage!

    Hopefully, I’ll keep gaining more and more insight from your blog, course, and E-books. LOL! 5 more links on this article I haven’t read yet…

  3. I’ve seen comics who have way more time than me, still do the same bits with the same results…crickets. I think they are learning bad or negative stand up habits because they hit the stage confidence high, and as soon as the first joke don’t go over…he tanks.

    My bad habit is waiting until I find out if I’m on the list to go on stage before I start deciding what set list to go with. So I don’t get to try out as many joke updates as I want to.