Improving Performances As A New Comedian

comedy-performance-improvementOne of the things that new comedians should be aware of is how to gauge their performance levels and use that information to improve their stand-up comedy performances in the shortest time possible.

There are a couple of ways to do this objectively:

  • Count the number of laughs generated
  • Measure the accumulated seconds of laughter generated

Let me cover each of these separately and then explain why you should use them both together.

Counting the number of collective audience laughs in any given performing minute is a direct indicator of punchline frequency.

Comedians should strive to generate 4-6+ laughs per minute. Too few laughs in any given minute of a stand-up comedy routine are an indicator of: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 26, 2015 in How To Do Comedy


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The Two Distinct Types Of Stand-up Comedy

two-types-stand-up-comedyThere are two distinct types of stand-up comedy that are easily identifiable:

  • The one or two line type type of stand-up comedy.
  • The topic based (or story telling) type of stand-up comedy.

Both types can be very effective when it comes the audience laughter results that can be generated.

Here are the differences between the two types of stand-up comedy:

I tend to refer to the one or two line type of stand-up comedy as “old school”.

I don’t call that “old school” because it’s not effective. It stems from the fact that this particular type of stand-up comedy is based on early 20th century vaudeville type comedy that was delivered before stand-up comedy as we know it today developed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 19, 2015 in How To Do Comedy


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