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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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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 »


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


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