Should You Use A Stage Name As A Comedian?

Another question I get on a fairly regular basis is this:

“Should I use a stage name as a comedian?”

And my answer is that it is a 100% personal choice. If you want to use a stage name, go for it. If you want to use your real name, go for it.

But here’s what you really need to know:

A stage name won’t make a person funnier. It’s talent that makes a name, not the other way around. It’s talent that will put a name in the eye of the public, not the other way around.

If you are going to use a stage name, make a choice that you are very happy with and stick with because once you do have that name established…

It will be hard to change it later, especially since we now live in an Internet world that can result in indexed web page after web page associated with a particular name and the talent associated with that name.

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7 Replies to “Should You Use A Stage Name As A Comedian?”

  1. Yeah, I’m sticking with my name. I want my audience to identify with me, so I might as well use the name I was given, like most audience members do at their jobs. Now if I were named John Smith, on the other hand, I might have felt the need to come up with something creative.

    • John Smith could still use his real name. He could do lots of bits about being an average guy…a Joe Blow…Jane Doe kind of guy. In comedy, you can use ANYTHING, even your name, for comedic purposes. I have seen comics joke about their high pitched voice (as a male) or extra large hands or extra large belly. So don’t rule out even your real name. As there maybe a joke or two waiting to be told!

  2. I decided to use a stage name “KelliCgreen”. As a new comedian I want to use a name that will help me stand out from any other comedian using their real name. I feel I made the right decision. It’s a personal choice.

  3. This is something I have been thinking about. I was contemplating on using a stage name. This article has convinced me to keep using my government name.