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Let’s assume that there are two comedians performing five minute sets at a comedy club.
The first comedian averages 18 seconds of laughter each performing minute.
The second comedian averages 5 seconds of laughter each performing minute.
Which comedian is funnier?
Let me give you a hint of just how much funnier one is over the other…
A comedian who can only generate 5 seconds of laughter per minute is bombing (which should be called audience abuse or publicly humiliating oneself).
Before someone invests time and effort learning how to become a comedian…
One of the questions that many prospective comedians have is this:
What are my chances of becoming a comedian?
That question is very broad and doesn’t have a single answer because there are a number of variables that affect an individual’s chances of becoming a comedian who is noteworthy and who can be afforded opportunities to become a professional comedian.
I find it amusing when aspiring comedians want to get into a spirited discussion with me about stand-up comedy “styles” — joke telling vs. story telling or topic based stand-up comedy and how that somehow makes a comedian funny or not.
The Cold, Hard Truth
“Style” doesn’t matter. Whether a comedian uses props, music, PowerPoint presentations, magic tricks or whatever — doesn’t matter. What a comedian talks about doesn’t matter (unless it is for work outside the comedy club market).