Things to remember before doing your first stand-up act

Things to remember before doing your first stand-up act

 

 Avoid writing and analyzing your material at the same time
When trying to analyze how funny your writing is while simultaneously trying to write you’ll end up frustrated. This is known to give comedians a writer’s block every time. Instead of trying to analyze and break down your thoughts and ideas while creating new ones, break your writing down into writing for quantity which encompasses – getting words, ideas, and joke premises on the page and writing for quality to include revising or tweaking your material until it gets the laugh you want. This separates the two tasks and allows complete focus on achieving your immediate outcome.

Write every single day
Have a set time to write every day or decide that, whatever happens, you’ll find time to spend at least 10 minutes writing regardless of the outcome. Writing every day gives rise to subconscious processing. When you get back to writing the next day, you’ll have more ideas to work with. It also makes existing material more interesting by allowing you to break free of a single perspective on your material.

Humour is all about self-expression
Avoid sitting down with the specific aim of thinking up jokes; frustration will be an unwanted visitor especially when the efforts turn out to be fruitless. Instead, use your writing time to express yourself. Talk about your frustrations, things from your daily life. Comedy gets its power from the audience’s ability to identify with you and your material. When you don’t express yourself, you’re just saying words on a stage and might just lose your audience’s attention

Don’t limit yourself to one medium
Especially with the internet, you can get into comedy in a variety of different ways.

Pick a point of view
Comedians that don’t have a defined point of view aren’t interesting to audience members. Don’t be afraid to find your authentic point of view and stand behind it. More likely than not, the audience will identify with your crazy reaction to a situation and you’ll end up creating a strong rapport with the audience and getting some huge laughs at the same time.

Practice your set out loud
Rehearsing in your head what you’re going to say on stage is surprisingly very different than what you will actually sound like when you rehearse your set out loud. Make sure to be extra prepared, because it’s a lot harder to recite things when those bright lights hit you and you don’t hear laughter at the times you were expecting to hear it.

Avoid telling stories
The story of a mundane story will bomb you on stage unless you really work on making each section of the story funny. A lot of what makes stand-up comics so great is their ability to take ordinary things and make them hilarious. Watch some of the pros to get some tips on how to make stories funny in a more stand-up compatible format.

Don’t limit yourself to one medium
Especially with the internet, you can get into comedy in a variety of different ways. Use the resources you have to get your stuff out into the world and keep trying to get better each time.


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