Below you will find the direct links to some 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.
While these articles don’t usually hit the Top 10 most popular article list often, I absolutely believe that they have the potential to make a significant positive impact on how you approach your stand-up comedy endeavors.
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My Must Read Favorites For You
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.