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This unlisted page is provided primarily for eReport readers as I feel that they are the most serious about doing well quickly in stand-up comedy.

Below you will find the direct links to a number of specific, hand selected articles on this blog that are my personal favorites and that I consider among the top must read articles that I have available for new comedians.

I should also mention that the majority of the eReports will contain information from these articles FIRST. So. I absolutely believe that they have the potential to make a significant positive impact on how you approach your stand-up comedy endeavors.

EXTRA BONUS: In the event you cannot find what you are looking for in the articles provided below, you might want to check out the unlisted Master List page which contains ALL of the active stand-up comedy tips articles that I have available on this blog.

My Must Read Favorites For You

  • Are You Dealing With Writer’s Block? You Shouldn’t Be…

    Are You Dealing With Writer’s Block? You Shouldn’t Be...

    Plagued with writer’s block? Q: Did you have any writer’s block the last time you were causing people to laugh during a casual conversation? This article explains why creating stand-up comedy material shouldn’t result in “writer’s block” unless…

  • You Already Have MOST Of What You Need To Produce A Powerful Stand-up Comedy Act

    You Already Have MOST Of What You Need To Produce A Powerful Stand-up Comedy Act

    Still trying to write the “funny” that will work on the stand-up comedy stage? How much “writing” did you do when you made others laugh when you were using your sense of humor off stage? You have already got what it takes to be a killer comedian. Use it!

  • Why I Recommend New Comedians Do This First…

    Why I Recommend New Comedians Do This First...

    One of the things I openly recommend new comedians do is try other “popular” stand-up comedy books first — before they even take a look at why I have to offer in the way of comedy education. Why? That is the focus of this article and the reasons may just surprise you.

  • In Stand-up Comedy – It’s All About The “Writing”, Isn’t It?

    In Stand-up Comedy - It's All About The "Writing", Isn't It?

    If you are under the impression that being able to produce high level, big laugh stand-up comedy material for the stage is all about the “writing”, you may reconsider that after you review this article. Actually great writing skills are NOT required at all if you understand talking involves more than words alone.

  • The #1 Most IGNORED Factor Needed To Create Great Stand-up Comedy Material

    The #1 Most IGNORED Factor Needed To Create Great Stand-up Comedy Material

    Looking to create stand-up comedy material that actually gets the big laughs on stage? If you overlook this most important aspect like most new comedians do, you are destined to struggle just like most the rest. Find out what I am talking about in this article.

  • This Is A Potential Game Changer For New Comedians

    This Is A Potential Game Changer For New Comedians

    What is one piece of information you could know right now that may have a huge impact on the way you think about approaching the creation of stand-up comedy material for an act? This article may just have that one piece of game changing information you want.

  • Why Counting Laughs Per Minute Is Not The Best Way To Determine Comedian Performance Levels

    Why Counting Laughs Per Minute Is Not The Best Way To Determine Comedian Performance Levels

    Many new comedians are under the impression that simply counting the number of laughs generated during a performance is the best indicator of how powerful their stand-up comedy act is. This article tackles the BIG problem that is associated with this type of performance assessment.

  • Advantage Or Disadvantage – Which Do You Prefer?

    Advantage Or Disadvantage - Which Do You Prefer?

    You might be surprised to find out that most new comedians unknowingly choose to be at a serious disadvantage in their stand-up comedy efforts. This revealing article explains why and provides the keys for having a significant advantage as a new comedian.

  • Bad Assumptions Can Kill Your Chances Of Success As A Comedian

    Bad Assumptions Can Kill Your Chances Of Success As A Comedian

    What assumptions are you making right now about stand-up comedy that are completely FALSE? In this article I describe two inaccurate assumptions that I personally made when I started out that were key to my awful performances as a new comedian.

  • The Differences Between Writing And Talking Matter As A Comedian

    The Differences Between Writing And Talking Matter As A Comedian

    One of the BIG things most new comedians miss – writing and talking are two very different forms of communication in very important ways. This article explains these differences and why it matters to the comedian trying to get big laughs on stage.

  • The Similarities Between Conventional Stand-up Comedy Education Resources And Dissecting A Frog

    The Similarities Between Conventional Stand-up Comedy Education Resources And Dissecting A Frog

    Conventional information on the topic of how to develop stand-up comedy material severely lacks real actionable information a new comedian can use to effectively develop a stand-up comedy routine that will actually get laughs. This article addresses these issues directly.

  • Are You Stuck In Research Mode Looking For Info On How To Become A Comedian?

    Are You Stuck In Research Mode Looking For Info On How To Become A Comedian?

    New comedians can get stuck in an endless research cycle when attempting to locate the right information they need to succeed on the stand-up comedy stage. This article pinpoints some free resources that you just might want to check out first.

  • Can I Know If My Stand-up Comedy Material Is Funny Before I Take It To The Stage?

    Can I Know If My Stand-up Comedy Material Is Funny Before I Take It To The Stage?

    Knowing whether your stand-up comedy material will be funny or not BEFORE you take it to the stage doesn’t have to be quite the “guessing game” that it tends to be for most comedians. This article identifies 5 variables that have a direct impact on reducing the guesswork usually involved.

  • What Programmed Artificial Intelligence (AI) Humor And New Comedians Have In Common

    What Programmed Artificial Intelligence (AI) Humor And New Comedians Have In Common

    Researchers continue to attempt to program AI (artificial intelligence) to have the same sense of humor and comedy ability as humans do — and they fail. This article explains why the human sense of humor and comedy capabilities cannot be “programmed” into AI.

  • A Question About Writing Stand-up Comedy Jokes

    A Question About Writing Stand-up Comedy Jokes

    Here is the question this article is focused on – How long should a stand-up comedy joke be? As you will soon see, there is more involved with tackling this question as it relates to the audience laughter levels a comedian MUST be able to generate in order to make any real progress in stand-up ...

  • Still Trying To Figure Out How To “Write” Punchlines Out Of Thin Air? Now That’s Funny…

    Still Trying To Figure Out How To “Write” Punchlines Out Of Thin Air? Now That’s Funny...

    Punchlines are a comedian’s lifeblood. So, how do you write them? This article bluntly describes the major obstacles that can be encountered when trying to learn how to “write” punchlines for stand-up comedy material in the usual and ineffective literary fashion.

  • Stand-up Comedy Tips Are NOT Enough

    Stand-up Comedy Tips Are NOT Enough

    Are you among those who believe that all it takes is few great stand-up comedy tips in order to have what you need to kill audiences nightly as a comedian? If that’s the case, then you may want to start looking under your pillow every morning for Tooth Fairy money too.

  • The “Solid” Stand-up Comedy Writing Logic That Doesn’t Hit The Mark

    The "Solid" Stand-up Comedy Writing Logic That Doesn't Hit The Mark

    What type of “conventional logic” do you think works to produce a stand-up comedy routine that gets big laughs? This article discusses the fruitless logic some new comedians use to uncover stand-up comedy writing techniques that work.

  • For New Comedians Who Want To Get Big Audience Laughs In Record Time

    For New Comedians Who Want To Get Big Audience Laughs In Record Time

    If you have real comedy talent and want to get big laughs as a beginner at comedy open mic nights, it’s really about the process that you use to get what you want when you hit the stage. This article covers six areas to help new comedians prepare for comedy open mics.

  • The #1 Burning Question That Every New Comedian Has

    The #1 Burning Question That Every New Comedian Has

    So, what’s the #1 burning question that every new comedian has? Here it is: “How do I write funny jokes for a stand-up comedy routine?” This article explains the issues associated with that question and why a one-size-fits-all answer simply won’t suffice.

  • Why Online Stand-up Comedy Tips Can Vary Greatly In Value

    Why Online Stand-up Comedy Tips Can Vary Greatly In Value

    Stand-up comedy tips that you find online vary greatly in value. As a matter of fact, many are produced from completely different perspectives. This article shares information that you need to know to evaluate any stand-up comedy tips that you find online.

  • Where Trying To “Write” Comedy Material Flops Yet Again

    Where Trying To "Write" Comedy Material Flops Yet Again

    If most people who decide to make the leap into stand-up comedy have plenty of comedy talent, then why do most new comedians fail? The reality is that most people who consider becoming a comedian simply don’t have the right perspective or approach to tap into the “funny” they already have.

  • Using Your Natural Comedy Talent As A Comedian

    Using Your Natural Comedy Talent As A Comedian

    You have two choices when it comes to moving forward fast as a comedian: You can try to fabricate funny by trying to write jokes from thin air from blank paper or you can use and apply the natural comedy talent that you already have.

  • Successfully Promoting Stand-up Comedy Shows For Stage Time And Profit

    Successfully Promoting Stand-up Comedy Shows For Stage Time And Profit

    One of the things that many comedians do is try to promote their own independent stand-up comedy shows for profit and stage time. This article identifies some of the more critical aspects that must be considered in order to promote a successful stand-up comedy show.

  • 7 Questions To Ask Comedy Club Open Mic Comedians

    7 Questions To Ask Comedy Club Open Mic Comedians

    If you know what questions to ask, open mic comedians can be a great resource of information. This article provides 7 questions you can ask to get the important information you need starting out as a comedian.

  • Comparing Apples And Oranges When It Comes To Stand-up Comedy Material

    Comparing Apples And Oranges When It Comes To Stand-up Comedy Material

    Many new comedians are under the impression that writing and talking are completely interchangeable forms of communication. Does that describe you? If so, you might want to take a look at this article that tackles a comment made on this blog on the topic.

  • Stand-up Comedy Writing Exercises – Another Major Time Waster

    Stand-up Comedy Writing Exercises - Another Major Time Waster

    If you are looking for stand-up comedy writing exercises to help you develop a powerful comedy routine that actually gets laughs, you might want to put that search on hold for the moment. This article explains why stand-up comedy writing exercises are a huge waste of time.

  • Writing Down Vs. Writing Comedy Material And Why It Matters

    Writing Down Vs. Writing Comedy Material And Why It Matters

    There is a HUGE difference between trying to write jokes or other comedy material from a blank piece of paper and writing down what one wants to say and express to an audience. Find out why this difference matters greatly.

  • A Great Question About Breaking Into Stand-up Comedy And Becoming A Comedian

    A Great Question About Breaking Into Stand-up Comedy And Becoming A Comedian

    Many people who want to take a shot at stand-up comedy are not familiar with what’s really involved to get to the point of performing professionally. This article provides insight from a question asked about breaking into stand-up comedy and dealing with talent agencies.

  • 6 Great Stand-up Comedy Questions And My Detailed Answers

    6 Great Stand-up Comedy Questions And My Detailed Answers

    A college student working on a thesis about stand-up comedy asked for my help. This article contains 6 great questions that he asked and my detailed answers about many aspects of stand-up comedy that I know would be of interest to most new comedians.