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One of the things new comedians want to know is how many jokes are in a minute of stand-up comedy material.
If a comedian wants to generate headliner laughter levels, they need to average 4-6+ laughs per minute.
That equates to an average 4-6+ punchlines (jokes) that generate laughs every performing minute.
For 5 minutes of stand-up comedy material, that would equate to 20-30 “jokes” (punchlines) for that set.
Here are a couple of great questions I received about delivering stand-up comedy material:
I watched a comic bomb at an open mic a little while ago. He had a routine that was like Jack Handy observations, where almost every line was a punchline, but the topic or theme was depression, and he delivered every line in slow motion like a recording that was slowed down.
Should your stand-up comedy material be written down?
I cannot think of any other way a person could edit or adjust their jokes or stand-up comedy material unless it is written down.
Let’s assume that you have your stand-up comedy material or jokes written down.
Other than for memorization purposes…
What do you look at in the written version of your stand-up comedy material or jokes for improvement and to increase your laughs? Continue reading