A Question About Performance Levels

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).

Any comedian who is generating an average of 18+ seconds of laughter per minute is performing at headliner level.

While the scenario I have presented and the question that I ask may seem painfully obvious…

There are folks that can’t seem to grasp Comedy Evaluator Pro and how powerful it really is for establishing performance benchmarks and for performance improvement — on a minute-by-minute basis.

Now let me ask a more important question:

Let’s assume that you are a new comedian. Which level of laughter would you rather have when you step on the stand-up comedy stage — 5 seconds of laughter each minute or 18 seconds of laughter each minute?

Seems to me a prudent comedy artist would want to know which minutes of their act aren’t generating 18 or more seconds of laughter each minute.

And while there may be a number of considerations when it comes to evaluating a comedian, the most important consideration is — and will always be…

Could that comedian kill the audience?

I think there are a number of less-than-funny comedians who are willing to aggressively grasp at anything ELSE besides laughter generation that they want to believe matters equally if not more.

But if the butts in the seats aren’t laughing their rear ends off…

It doesn’t matter how great a comedian’s “character” is.

It doesn’t matter how deep and moving the “message” a comedian may have to offer.

It doesn’t matter if the comedian’s material is “cutting edge”.

If the audience isn’t laughing or laughing little, the comedian is bombing. End of story.

As I have said over and over…

Simply use Comedy Evaluator Pro to measure the seconds of laughter per minute of generated by ANY popular or “household name” comedian. I already know that they will generate an average of 18+ seconds of laughter for each stand-up comedy performing minute — without fail.

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6 Replies to “A Question About Performance Levels”

  1. The comedian who is bombing could still be very funny. If we imagine the audiance of the 2 comedians being older teenagers and adults. The first comedian does good because this is his target audience. The second comedian has a target audience of 6-13 year olds. The second comedian would get more laughs if the audience had mostly 6-13 year olds in it. To make sure you have less a chance of bombing, write your target audiende in your adverts. (eg, you could write ”great for 6-13 year olds” or ”unsuatible for anyone under 16”)

    • This comment does not make sense. Bombing is bombing, end of story. And the one aspect of a stand-up show that a comedian does not have control over is the audience demographics that will attend a show (provided they are old enough to attend).

  2. I have watched your documentary ‘I AM COMIC’ and saw you use Comedy Evaluator Pro in the documentary. In the beginning can a new comic use a voice recorder to test their results? What is the difference of using a voice recorder and your C.E.P.? Thanks Steve. Follow me @KelliCgreen on twitter.

    • A comedian can use audio or video with CEP. There is no difference because you listen to the laughter as it occurs and measure the duration of each laugh using the hover button on the CEP control panel or even easier, press and release the space bar on your computer to measure the duration of each laugh during a recorded set (once you start an evaluation). If you are using a YouTube video, there is an optional interface built into the console so that the YouTube video can be displayed (and played) right next to the CEP control panel. But that is not required to use CEP to evaluate a stand-up comedy set. In I Am Comic, they had pre-selected video clips of a variety of comedians for me to evaluate that were put on screen in the conference room where I was filmed, but they were not YouTube videos.