One of the things that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt about most people who are trying to learn how to be a comedian is that they simply either don’t rehearse or don’t rehearse enough prior to a performance.
This single factor can keep a comedian from progressing quickly and being able to generate the big laughs on stage in a short amount of time.
Every single performance artist (other than most comedians) spends a lot of time in rehearsal.
Folks don’t realize that prior to a tour, a band will spend months of daily rehearsal to prepare for that tour. They will start with the development of the set list and progress to the point where they are performing complete shows, coordinating the light show, special effects, what they are going to say in between sets, etc.
Needless to say, rehearsal is a big deal for anyone who wants to learn how to be a comedian and command the big laughs on stage as quickly as possible.
Here’s what you need to know about rehearsal and it’s potential impact on your stand-up comedy act:
Proper and ample rehearsal prior to a show can literally make the difference between bombing on stage or killing on stage.
Unfortunately, the only time most comedians “rehearse” is when they are standing before an audience.
Then they stumble over words, forget what they are going to say, use notes, lack confidence and appear to have no real connection to what they are trying to communicate to an audience.
This is a sure fire formula for getting little to no laughter from an audience.
Keep this in mind:
Stage time is always at a premium as a comedian, especially in the beginning.
So it makes sense that a new comedian should want to squeeze out every bit of benefit they can out of every single performance.
Effective rehearsal is one of the secrets to do just that.
I should also mention that proper rehearsal is far most valuable than improper rehearsal.
In the Killer Stand-up Online Course, rehearsal is broken down into two distinct phases – initial rehearsal and professional rehearsal and here’s why:
In the initial rehearsal phase, usually stand-up comedy material is not quite finished. Punchlines can be added, adjusted or deleted. Set-up lines can be deleted, edited or adjusted in this phase.
It is in the initial rehearsal phase that stand-up comedy material is refined and tightened to the greatest extent possible.
In the professional rehearsal phase, a comedian begins the process of taking the material they have developed (which should be as tight as possible), committing it to memory and giving their comedy material its maximum laughter power.
And make no mistake – there are some very specific and easy techniques a comedian can use to get the maximum benefit out of every single rehearsal session they do.
I should also mention that as stand-up comedy material becomes solid and consistent for generating laughs, less and less rehearsal time is spent on that comedy material, especially after it has been performed dozens if not hundreds of times.
When that happens, rehearsal time is spent primarily on new stand-up comedy material.
The bottom line for those trying to learn how to be a comedian – don’t discount the value of proper and ample rehearsal BEFORE you deliver any stand-up comedy material to any audience.