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Overcoming Stage Fright Is Important For Comedians

public-speaking-fearProbably one of the biggest hurdles new comedians face is overcoming stage fright.

I know because I had severe and visible stage fright when I first started in stand-up comedy.

The irony was that I was a teacher and had no issues at all standing before a group of new students. But that wasn’t the case when I hit the stand-up comedy stage in the beginning.

In a nutshell, stage fright stems from a connection made on a subconscious level that associates getting in front of an audience as a “danger” situation, not unlike being cornered by a wild animal.

This triggers the autonomic nervous system (also known as the fight or flight response), resulting in increased adrenalin flow, rapid heartbeat, dry mouth, and profuse sweating among other unfavorable symptoms.

The key to overcoming stage fright is to break the “danger” association on the subconscious level and replace it with a non-danger association.

Otherwise, the “danger” association with public speaking or getting on stage as a comedian tends to get reinforced, making it more difficult to get rid of. So, here’s what I did initially… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 1, 2014 in How To Do Comedy

 

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Long Set-ups Are A Common Issue With New Comedians

long jokeHave you ever been in a conversation when someone began to tell a joke and it just seems to go on and on with set-up information?

Then when they finally get to the punchline of the joke, it becomes immediately apparent that it simply didn’t have the impact to justify having to endure the long set-up leading to the punchline.

The exact same problem exists in stand-up comedy. New comedians will spend far too much time setting up for the punchlines in their stand-up comedy material.

Here’s why this is an important issue to overcome:

A comedian is not going to make much progress until they can generate an average of 4-6+ laughs per performing minute (optimally producing 18+ seconds of audience laughter each performing minute which is headline level).

Note: You can verify this by simply reviewing established headliner comedian videos on YouTube. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2013 in How To Do Comedy

 

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