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One of things almost every comedian wants to know, no matter what level they may be at is:
“Is there any way to know if my stand-up comedy material will work before I deliver it on stage?”
That is a very difficult question to answer with a simple yes-or-no answer because there are a number of very important variables that must be considered in order to provide a meaningful response.
One of the questions I get from time to time is this:
“Should I rehearse or practice my stand-up act in front of a mirror?”
As a general rule, I don’t advocate rehearsing in front of a mirror (with some exceptions) and here’s why:
If an individual is rehearsing in front of a mirror, it usually means that they are trying to “fabricate” the facial expressions and body language to compliment their stand-up comedy material.
Here’s a great question that comes up from time to time regarding “hit-or-miss” stand-up comedy material when it comes to generating laughs:
This seems to happen to me a lot – I will perform a new bit or use a new line in an existing bit and it will work great the first time I do it.
But when I try the material again, it doesn’t get near the laughs or it tanks. Do you know why?