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One of the things new comedians want to know is how many jokes are in a minute of stand-up comedy material.
If a comedian wants to generate headliner laughter levels, they need to average 4-6+ laughs per minute.
That equates to an average 4-6+ punchlines (jokes) that generate laughs every performing minute.
For 5 minutes of stand-up comedy material, that would equate to 20-30 “jokes” (punchlines) for that set.
It has gotten to the point that on regular basis somebody wants to pay me to read their stand-up comedy material.
I know why — they want me to determine if their stand-up comedy material will get laughs before they take it on stage.
And most of the time, I will respectfully decline — without hesitation or reservation. Why?
It’s certainly not because I don’t want to help someone in their stand-up endeavors. That’s NOT the case at all. Continue reading
It can be difficult at best to get accurate and complete information about anything, whether it be about politics or how to write stand-up comedy.
I also know that if an individual is willing to get enough “second opinions”, they will eventually find the answers they want to hear.
But when it comes to stand-up comedy, there are some misconceptions that keep those without real comedy talent thinking they can excel at stand-up comedy.
And sadder still are the misconceptions that keep those who do have real comedy talent from ever capitalizing on their talent.
So, let’s cover two of these misconceptions… Continue reading