Wanna Be A Comedian? Here’s Some Important Information You Must Know

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There are a number of people who find this blog using the search term “how to be a comedian”.

Here’s what I would tell anyone who wants to know how be a comedian and take a serious shot at stand-up comedy — broken down into 4 specific areas…

1. You must know what you are doing in order to be a comedian who can generate the big laughs on stage consistently.
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Am I Funny Enough For Stand-up Comedy Or Am I Just Wasting My Time?

Sometimes I get difficult, if not impossible questions like:

Am I funny enough for stand-up comedy or am I just wasting my time?

Without knowing an individual personally or without reviewing a video of an individual performing stand-up comedy, there’s no way for me to tell.

But I can tell you what I know, which is:

Most people (roughly 60%-70%) who make the decision to jump into stand-up comedy have all the natural comedy talent they need to do well as a comedian.
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Why I Recommend New Comedians Do This First…

question-stand-up-resources1I was going through some of my old emails when I ran across an interesting question:

“On your stand-up course home page, you recommend that people try stand-up comedy books and other resources before considering your course. Can you be more specific about which books to use?”

First let me say that I currently do not endorse any of the so-called “how to” books on stand-up comedy (nor have I for years – they all have variations of the same lame approach to producing stand-up comedy material).

But I do recommend that people try what the popular books on stand-up comedy have to offer first and here’s why: Continue reading