How To Be A Comedian | Getting the Work

After a terrific graduation showcase for one of my classes this week, I sent out an email congratulating everyone on a job well done.

One of my students sent me an email: “The compliments are nice, but when does it translate into a paid gig?”

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Comedian Lessons | Not Getting Laughs? Slow Down!

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In this mini module of ‘Comedian Lessons,’ I’m simply going to lay out a simple technique that a lot of comedians—including myself—forget to do.

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Comedian Lessons | Double Your Laughs With an Honest Reaction

A good comedian needs to get acquainted with the reaction shot.

What do I mean by that? Well, if you’ve ever watched “Friends” or the BBC’s “Coupling,” you will get to see truly masterful work on the part of the actors (and the directors and editors), in capturing the reaction shot. The reaction . . . → Read More: Comedian Lessons | Double Your Laughs With an Honest Reaction

Comedian Lessons | How Not To Be Invited Back

There are a lot of sayings I remember from the greats, that stick with me to guide me and motivate me during my journey in comedy. I thought I’d share some with you while telling you a story in this comedy lesson that may help you learn to avoid not being invited back.

Spencer Tracy . . . → Read More: Comedian Lessons | How Not To Be Invited Back

How To Comedian | How To Get Gigs

That’s no typo up there in the title. I’m going to rebrand the word; change it from not only a noun, but also to a verb. The act of being a comedian. The connotation is so narrow isn’t it. “…An entertainer who seeks to make people laugh with sketches and funny monologues…” But being a . . . → Read More: How To Comedian | How To Get Gigs