It really doesn’t take much to stand out among what can seem like a sea of stand-up comedy losers performing at every open mic in town.
Now here is the cool part (for the younger people, here is the sick part)…
It also doesn’t take much to determine who your real competition among comedians is in your local area.
Here is a very easy way to size up the real stand-up comedy competition in your area, no matter where you live:
Suffer through and watch the complete line up at ANY stand-up comedy open mic. Identify which comedians use notes and which ones don’t during their performance — no matter what “level” they may be at in stand-up—whether they are brand new or a headline comedian.
The few who DON’T use notes ARE the secondary stand-up comedy competitors in your area — whether they are a new comedian or headlining comedian.
Note: The folks who use notes on stage at an open mic are too lazy to provide a well rehearsed show and won’t be moving “up the ranks” very quickly at all — no matter what level they are at.
Next, ask each comedian who DIDN’T use notes on stage if they have a YouTube video (or other online video) that you can check out.
If they say yes, then you have just identified the primary stand-up comedy competitors in your area (these folks tend to be serious about their stand-up comedy adventures).
And let me assure you, there will only be a few in this category.
Then, if you wanted to determine an objective pecking order of most funny to least funny of those who represent the real primary comedy competition in your area…
Simply do evaluations on the videos using your smartphone (this won’t take long because few will have YouTube videos because…well, you know why).
Here’s a report to show you how to do it using apps you most likely have installed on your phone right now:
What I have just described to you is how to get solid and quantifiable market intelligence in order to:
1. Determine who your real competition is among the comedians in your area and what level they are really at (secondary or primary competition).
2. Identify an initial performance benchmark for yourself by knowing how many seconds of laughter you need to generate each minute on stage (average) to compete with the lowest or highest level competition in your area.
3. Determine who best comedians are to collaborate with to work out your stand-up comedy material with.
While there may be some truly talented comedians in your area, you are going to very quickly find out that if you actually use and apply the information that I have just provided that…
There’s not much real stand-up comedy competition to contend with in ANY area, which means that…
There are PLENTY of opportunities for those who have real comedy talent, are able to approach stand-up comedy as a real professional and can ultimately reach the performance benchmark of an average 18+ seconds of laughter per minute on stage (PAR Score 30+).
And it wouldn’t surprise me at all if 50% or more of the real stand-up comedy competition that you identify in your area are using the Killer Stand-up Comedy System to get results on stage — especially those who seem to be progressing very quickly and haven’t been doing stand-up comedy that long.
One last stand-up comedy tip:
There is far, far less competition, far more potential performing opportunities and 10-25 times more income available to comedians who can produce and deliver a headliner level corporate clean or family friendly stand-up comedy act.
I use notes onstage, but more as bullet points to remember the order of my jokes, or which ones I plan to use–more like a setlist than anything. I know all my jokes by heart but see nothing wrong with have a setlist handy.
Mind you, it does look bad if it’s blatantly obvious that you’re using the note paper, so in lieu of that, I’ll just write the joke names on my mic hand, along the thumb and forefinger. The mic covers it up, and in black ink, people just assume it’s a tattoo.
I have to say that what you are doing is lazy. Prepare to deliver a pro stand-up comedy set. Audiences aren’t stupid. Just a suggestion if you want to make headway as a comedian.
I have noticed a HUGE world of difference in both my preaching and performing since I have put away the notes! Notes are great for preparing, but not for performing. What would you think, if you went to a play (whether a Broadway production or community theater), and the cast performed with their scripts in their hands. Guess what? When you perform stand-up with a cheatsheet, the audience sees it exactly the same!!! They might laugh a little, but they are mostly going to see you as unprofessional and unprepared! Plus, notes actually steals your confidence away. I am so much freer in preaching and performing without those stupid, stinking, tying-me-down notes.
This is great news! Now you know that what I talk about doesn’t just apply to stand-up comedy, but to ANY form of verbal communication.
As a side note, the pastors I have known or have met who have the fastest growing congregations are also those who are able to combine humor with their message (as appropriate of course).