Below is a sitemap for all active articles available on this blog for those who are looking to take a shot at becoming a comedian:
There are a number of challenges associated with becoming a comedian who can entertain audiences at a high level. This article identifies some of the most common obstacles most new comedians face in the world of stand-up comedy.
It’s a well known fact that the hardest job in a line up of comedians is the opening act. But you might be surprised to learn that it is not necessarily talent or experience that makes it tough. There are other factors involved, even when the comedian talent level in a show is the same.
Are you performing as a comedian and not getting the big audience laughs you want? Could it be the audience is actually laughing telepathically? This article explains exactly why telepathic laughter is most likely not the case during a stand-up comedy performance that is flopping.
Your first 5 minutes of stand-up comedy material is the most important. It should be tight and generate maximum audience laughter. This article discusses what “tight” means and what you need to do to move forward quickly as a comedian when it comes to audience laughter.
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.
It is a common misconception that what makes stand-up comedy material funny is how the words and sentences read from a piece of paper or from a word processor. This article identifies the reasons why attempting to “read” a comedian’s act is a poor indicator of how funny it will be onstage.
One of the places comedians can perform is in local bars and taverns. This article discusses the good and the not so good aspects of bar gigs and what comedians should be aware of when performing at one.
I am generally not a fan of stand-up comedy classes and workshops because of the approach used for developing comedy material. But in this article I discuss the benefits of taking a stand-up comedy workshop or class and what to look for before you do.
Delivering powerful punchlines that get big laughs is a major key to success for a comedian. But what do you really know about punchlines or how to produce them? This article addresses some of the supposedly “solid” information about punchlines that is actually useless.
The term “street joke” (aka joke joke) is a term used by comedians for common jokes told on the street. This article discusses how street jokes can be valuable to a pro comedian depending upon the circumstances under which they can be used advantageously.
We talk and express ourselves in three dimensions – sight, sound and words. So, how is one dimensional joke writing supposed to work for a comedian to get laughs in a three dimensional performing art? The short answer is that it doesn’t.
Some people are under the false impression that all they really need to do is find the right “joke formulas” to develop a stand-up comedy routine that kills on stage. This article discusses why trying to learn and use “joke formulas” is a serious waste of time.
I’m willing to bet that most people think that if only they had written examples of powerful and effective stand-up comedy routines, they would be able to uncover the real secrets they need to create a power stand-up routine. Find out why this logic is seriously flawed.
How does a new comedian go about finding the very best delivery style that will help them generate the biggest laughs with their stand-up comedy material? This article reveals the most important delivery style secret every new comedian should know.
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.
What is it really that makes you funny in everyday conversations? All the unique attributes that give to the laughter power you have offstage are the exact same attributes that will allow you to get the big laughs onstage. This article discusses the vital non-verbal aspect of your comedy talent.
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.
What is hack stand-up comedy really, since most of the most popular comedians seems to talks about the same sorts of things? This article addresses the largely artificial concept of hack stand-up comedy material and questions what it means to be a hack comedian.
If you want to command the stand-up comedy stage, you MUST get frequent laughs when you deliver your stand-up comedy material. This article reveals the number of jokes and punchlines needed in a stand-up comedy act to generate headline level laughs.
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!
One of the markets that experienced comedians with the right comedy act can work in is commonly referred to as the corporate comedy market. This article offers some insight about working in the largely “hidden” corporate comedy market as a comedian.
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.
Riffing is the term used by comedians to describe spontaneous interactions with the audience. But riffing is not actually what it appears to be. This article identifies the adverse circumstances associated with trying to riff on stage as a comedian instead of delivering a well prepared stand-up routine.
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.
Are you still looking for that simple method for producing stand-up comedy material that actually works? Then you may want to look at the comedy mechanics that you use naturally when you talk to people instead of trying to “find” some sort of “mechanical” approach.
Confidence comes with knowing. If you want to know where the foundation for confidence lies when it comes to being a comedian and delivering a powerful stand-up comedy routine that actually gets the big laughs, this article will guide you in the right direction.
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.
The short answer to the question is that most people are funny enough to do well at stand-up comedy. So where’s the disconnect? This article that identifies some of the primary issues that people have when it comes to being funny enough to be a comedian.
While there is a lot to know when it comes to becoming a comedian, you can improve your chances of success by taking three important first steps that can provide you with a significant advantage in the world of comedy entertainment.
If you want to do well as a comedian, you need to know how to produce comedy material that works. This article provides 10 questions about developing comedy material that you should be able to answer if you actually know what you are doing.
It can be a real let down when your very first stand-up comedy performance goes down in flames and gets no laughs. This article takes a look at my own less-than-optimal first time on stage experience at what to look at to avoid a repeat performance.
There are some differences when it comes to delivering comedy and humor in speeches and presentations and delivering a stand-up comedy routine. This article explores those differences, noting that the comedy mechanics are actually not different at all.
You actually have a great deal of control when it comes to your chances of becoming a comedian. But are you going to improve or decrease your chances of success. Believe it or not most people choose the latter and don’t even know it.
Most of the information that new comedians get anywhere about set-up lines and punchlines is largely WORTHLESS. Curious why I say that? This article reveals how to recognize information about set-up lines and punchlines that is merely descriptive and provides nothing else of value.
Do you want to have a significant advantage over other comedians when it comes to delivering the most powerful stand-up comedy act possible? This article reveals the secrets for finding out what level you are performing at and what you need to look at to improve your performances quickly.
What do you really know about your comedy talent? This article explores some of the truths you may not be aware of when it comes to the comedy talent you have right now and that you will want to use on the stand-up comedy stage.
How long will it take? That is a question most every new comedian has when they are making the decision to try stand-up comedy. This article discusses the difference between the time it takes to become funny as a comedian versus progressing in a stand-up comedy career.
Is it really possible to learn stand-up comedy? That is actually not a very good question because it lends itself to multiple interpretations depending upon who you are asking. This article provides context to this common question and provides additional important information for the prospective new comedian.
Most new comedians choose to only work with words and sentences as they are produced from a process of “writing” in order to produce stand-up comedy material that works. There are many more factors involved in order to get the laughs you want on stage.
Looking to take a shot at stand-up comedy? There are some very basic, yet very important things to know about before you hit the stage as a comedian. Find out what you need to know to imporove your chances of success.
Does your stand-up comedy material lack consistency when it comes to getting the laughs you want? This article directly answers the question about why stand-up comedy material will work well one time and not another given similar audience dynamics.
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.
Don’t pay attention to anyone who tells you that you can’t tell stories on stage as a comedian. Just look at some of the successful comedians who do. This article pinpoints some of the big advantages that come with telling stories in a stand-up comedy routine.
Want to be on the fast track as a new comedian? This article identifies 4 important factors that can directly impact a comedian’s ability to generate headliner level stand-up comedy material (which directly impacts your progress speed).
If your friends think you are a funny person, does that mean that you have what it takes to become a comedian? The short answer is probably yes and potentially no. This article discusses the details you need to know to answer this common question for yourself.
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.
Want to know why you didn’t quite get the response you were expecting when you shared a video of you slaying the room? This article discusses that and several other important aspects regarding online videos that every comedian should know.
Are you doing well at comedy open mic nights? Are you able to rock the room consistently with your stand-up comedy routine? This article offers specific recommendations to help new comedians go beyond comedy open mic night performances.
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 ...
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.
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.
There are 3 big issues that can trip up a new comedian who has been performing but can’t seem to generate the laughter levels they need to get ahead in the worlds of stand-up comedy. This article identifies those issues directly and asks the questions new comedians should be asking.
If you are thinking about hiring a writer for your stand-up comedy material – you will want to exercise caution! This article explains why a comedian should be extremely cautious when buying jokes from a joke writer.
Looking for the “secrets” to writing great stand-up comedy material that will generate big laughs on stage? This article provides an overview about how to write stand-up comedy material that is not found in popular books on stand-up comedy.
If you are a funny person in everyday life and you have considered tackling stand-up comedy as a result, you are in the right spot. This article provides details one the very first steps to take as a new comedian as well as some of the potential pitfalls you can encounter.
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.
If you go to any comedy open mic anywhere, you don’t see success – you see most people flop. And it’s not because of a lack of talent. This article discusses why new comedians tend to be predisposed for failure when they start the process of becoming a comedian.
This might come a s surprise but most new comedians choose to try to produce funny stand-up comedy material for the stage using the hardest possible approach. Find out why I can say that and discover a resource for a much easier way to creating big laugh stand-up comedy material from scratch.
Think a stand-up comedy class is the solution? This article explains why most stand-up comedy classes and workshops fail to provide the actionable information needed to develop a stand-up comedy act that actually works to generate the big laughs.
Looking at taking a shot at stand-up comedy? This article provides solid, no-nonsense advice for new comedians who need to know aspects about this unique performing art that are not readily apparent or usually known to the casual outside observer.
Having your comedy material written down is pretty much mandatory as a comedian. This article identifies important factors to consider for making improvements to stand-up comedy material that has been written down.
Stand-up comedy appears to be highly competitive given the volume of people always trying to get stage time at open mic nights. Well, stand-up comedy is not as competitive as it may appear and this article shows you how to easily identify the real comedian players from the posers.
The minute you start getting paid to perform stand-up comedy, you move into the ranks of the professional entertainer. So, how do you get that first paid gig as a comedian? This article will give you a good idea about how that happens.
If you want to get discovered as a comedian, there are some very specific things that you can do to get the attention you want to move forward in the world of stand-up comedy. This article identifies six areas that you need to focus on to make getting discovered a reality.
One of the big problems many new comedians have (including me when I first started) is that they abandon what made them funny offstage for something “better” onstage. This article talks about why this can be a crippling issue and causes that talent to be ignored.
If you think stand-up comedy is highly competitive, don’t be misled. This article describes the reasons why stand-up comedy is not as competitive as it appears and why there are always great opportunities for new comedians who can actually get the big laughs when they hit the stage.
It’s been said that if you want to reach a goal, you need to know what the goal is. This article provides specific information about the single most important goal that goal every comedian must reach in order to move quickly up the ladder in the world of stand-up comedy.
Most people who take a shot at stand-up comedy have more than enough comedy talent to get big laughs on stage. But go to ANY stand-up comedy open mic night and vast majority of new comedians are AWFUL. This article identifies the top 10 reasons why most new comedians suck on 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.
One of the questions that people who are looking to take a shot at stand-up comedy want to know is this: How difficult is it really? This article answers that question as it relates to a comment submitted by a professional musician looking into becoming a comedian.
Are you writing jokes every day that don’t get the laughs you want when you hit the stage? If so, there’s a very good possibility that you are stuck in what I can only refer to as “joke writing mode”. Hint: Writing designed for a reader won’t get you the laughs you want as a ...
Fear of public speaking or stage fright is a fairly common condition many new comedians experience. The article discusses why you need to get rid of it as soon as possible if you want to have the stage comfort necessary to be yourself and use all of your comedy talent.
My experience tells me that it is rarely an issue with talent that causes new comedians to struggle. The real issue that tends to lead to failure in stand-up comedy revolves around what a person believes to be true when the reality is not anywhere close.
The last thing that a comedian wants to do is bomb on stage. Ironically, it is usually the comedian themselves who is the cause of the poor performance on stage. This article contains a brief video of a comedian bombing on stage along with some observational commentary.
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.
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.
Many people who take a shot at stand-up comedy do so as a means to achieve another goal, which is to break into acting. This article reveals what you need to know about the differences and similarities between acting and stand-up comedy and how to avoid the biggest mistake.
Success as a comedian involves having a level of skill in a variety of areas in order to produce a stand-up comedy routine that generates frequent audience laughter. This article discusses 5 basic but essential skill set attributes a comedian must have to succeed.
It would be most prudent to be suspicious of some of the information being made available online to new comedians — like information about how to “write” punchlines. This article explains why simply telling people to make sure punchlines are funny should be considered suspect information.
One thing new comedians need is stage time to hone their stage skill and to develop their act to the highest level possible. Comedy club open mics have always been the standard platform for this. But are there any alternatives? This article explores those options.
Heckling is often times referred to as an occupational hazard for comedians. This article features a video of a comedian skillfully engaging an intoxicated heckler at a show and pointing out what new comedians can learn from the interaction.
If you want to get paid to entertain audiences as a comedian, there are performance attributes that must be met for that to happen – particularly on an increasing scale. This article discusses what a comedian must bring to the table in order to get paid to perform.
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.
Rehearsing your stand-up comedy routine in the mirror actually comes with some issues. This article explains the pros and cons of rehearsing in the mirror and when this might be advantageous for better results. But in most instances, the short answer is no.
It’s been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If you really want to make progress as a comedian, you must be able to intelligently evaluate your stand-up performances for improvement. This article discusses what to look for and how.
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 blog you are reading right now has more valuable information than you can get from virtually any book on stand-up comedy. This article talks about the critical information that is missing from what are considered to be the best stand-up comedy books.
Most new comedians are largely unprepared when it comes to using the most important tool of their stand-up comedy adventure – the comedy open mic night. If you are serious about making big leaps forward, find out how to get the most out comedy open mic nights.
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.
Comedy material theft is an unfortunate aspect of stand-up comedy. The article explains why comedian steal comedy material from other comedians and contains a video that discusses how to prevent your comedy material from being stolen.
Pro comedians always appear to be addressing topics, ideas, events, observations and opinions as if they are just randomly pulling it from the top of their head as it pops up. This is one of the great illusions of stand-up comedy. Find out why repetition matters.
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.
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.
You will find a TON of information online about developing a stand-up comedy act that is touted as “must know info” when in fact it has no value at all. This article covers three such terms commonly presented as “critical knowledge” that fall squarely into the “worthless” category.
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.
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.
Misconceptions about stand-up comedy are commonplace. This articles discusses two particular misconceptions – one involving those who don’t have the foundational comedy talent needed and one involving those who have more than enough comedy talent to do well as a comedian.
How much writing did you do that last time you made someone laugh off stage? Did you pass them a note and they fell down laughing? When it comes to looking for how to write a joke, you might be surprised that conventional “writing” tactics are not the answer.
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…
If you are a naturally funny person then there is a very good possibility that the thought of becoming a comedian has crossed your mind. This article broadly discusses what’s really involved with becoming a comedian and how to improve your chances of success.
Stage time is a must for the new comedian. One such avenue to get stage time is called a bringer show. So what is a bringer show? This article discusses the good and the not so good aspects of bringer shows that are available for new comedians to get stage time.
Comedy timing is certainly an important aspect when getting laughs with a stand-up comedy act. But you may be surprised to find out that you already have most of the comedy timing you are going to have. This article explains why.
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.
Simply knowing the parts of a joke is not much help when it comes to creating and delivering a stand-up comedy routine that generates big laughs. This article explains in detail why the “standard” information provided as actionable is really not actionable at all.
Have you heard that you need to develop some sort of unique character or persona in order to have success as a comedian? If that’s what you want to believe, then you might want to pass on what this revealing article has to offer about this popular myth.
There are multiple factors involved when it comes to progressing quickly as a comedian. If you have a handle on the top three factors covered in this article, you will move forward faster than most every other comedian.
Want to dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to get the big laughs on stage? This revealing article discusses one of the critical factors that has a direct impact on just how fast a comedian can produce a stand-up comedy act that slays audiences when performed.
In order to deliver 4-6 punchlines in any minute of a stand-up comedy act and provide the audience time to laugh – the act must be “tight”. This article discusses the problems with long set-up lines for comedians who are trying deliver a tight stand-up comedy routine.
Want to know how to get big audience when performing on stage as a comedian? This article has a series of questions you might want to review if you truly want to know why most new comedians are not prepared to generate big audience laughs when they hit the stage.
There are audience laughter levels that must be reached in order to progress as a comedian. These performance standards were established by pro comedians and their performance ability since the beginning. Now there is software to objectively measure these laughter levels.
Let me answer the question now – the chances are very good that you are more than funny enough to do well as a comedian. The better question you should be asking is whether or not you are actually going to use the comedy talent you have now on stage. Hint: Most don’t and fail.
What to know some real specifics when it comes to what headline level stand-up comedy is on a minute-by-minute basis? This article details the time factors, word count and punchlines per minute involved when a headliner level stand-up comedy act is delivered.
If you want to know just how funny your stand-up comedy routine really is, all you need is a smartphone and two free apps. This article describes which free apps you need to use and what you need to do to generate objective information about your act.
Which is easier – writing or talking? Yet most new comedians feel that they are somehow obligated to to “write” their stand-up comedy material in a fashion intended for a reader, NOT a live audience. This article identifies why that is more than problematic.
There are a number of aspects that can be identified when it comes to laughter generation during a stand-up comedy routine. This article answers two questions involving delivery, set-up, punchline speed and the time it takes for these things to happen in a single performing minute.
Are you a new comedian trying to “find” the best comedy topics for a stand-up comedy routine? Before you waste your time on that sort of meaningless effort, you might want to pay close attention to the information provided in this article.