5 Critical Skill Set Attributes All Comedians Must Have

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What critical skill set attributes should a comedian possess in order to slay an audience?

By slaying an audience, I am specifically referring to generating 4-6 quality laughs per minute for an average of 18+ seconds of audience laughter each minute.

I would say that the skill set for a comedian would include at least these 5 essential attributes: Continue reading

Are Long Set-up Lines Keeping You From Getting The Laughs You Want?

One of the most common problems that new comedians who are trying to figure out how to write stand-up comedy have is that their set-ups to the punchlines in their stand-up comedy material are simply way too long.

In this article I am going to cover this very important topic in three sections:

1. Basic performance and audience laughter dynamics

2. Factors that directly contribute to set-up lines that are too long

3. Article wrap up

With that said, let’s get down to business… Continue reading

Getting Big Laughs As A Comedian Involves More Than Writing Comedy Material

laughing-face1Most new comedians tend to be fixated on the notion that writing comedy material that gets big audience laughs makes up the lion’s share of the stand-up comedy process.

To be fair, that’s how I started out myself as a new comedian.

Here are a couple of interesting questions that I received from a stand-up comedy tips blog reader that are representative of the type of questions I get regarding how to write stand-up comedy material:

How do you get a big laugh instead of a little laugh?

Is there a formula… or technique that you can use (something separate from practicing) that will give me bigger laughs on stage? Continue reading