Not all Advice is Good Advice

Conflicting Advice from George Carlin and Louis CK

During your early career as a comedian, you're going to have a lot of people giving you advice. Some of the advice is golden, but other pieces of advice wouldn't keep the shit off your shoes in a dog park. Take this advice that came from the great Louis CK. Now Louis is a great comedian--not so great in a hotel room--but a great comedian. One night, it is rumored that Jeff Foxworthy came off stage and CK said, "Jeff, you really need to lose that accent, nobody's going to understand you." Of course Jeff Foxworthy--because of his accent--went on to become ...
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Bill Burr: Evolution is Not ‘Selling Out’ – A Comedian’s Natural Growth

"Selling out" is a term often used to describe a situation where an individual, usually an artist, musician, writer, or other creative professional, compromises their artistic integrity, personal values, or authenticity in exchange for commercial success or financial gain. The concept typically implies a betrayal of one's original ideals or the fanbase that supported them, in favor of...
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How to Earn Respect with Crowds and Comics at Every Mic

Learn how to write reverse jokes that subvert expectations and earn respect from audiences and fellow comics. This comedian's guide explains what makes effective reverse jokes and includes examples, a student success story, and tips for writing your own surprises. Mastering reverse jokes can help new comedians stand out at tough open mics.
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“Can I Call Myself a Comedian?”

Intro When I was starting out in stand-up comedy, I knew that comedy was all I wanted to do. But when people asked me, “So what do you do?”I would say
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What Makes a Good Stand Up Comedy Premise?

An effective standup comedy premise should contain two elements: a topic + a condition, but in order to truly hook the audience you need two more essential dynamics to be present in your set up or the joke risks receiving a diminished laugh or worse, nothing at all...
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How Can You Be Funny On the Spot Without Pre-Written Jokes?

If you take time to investigate someone who appears to be "naturally" funny, you will find that they developed their ability to be funny through exposure and experience. You can learn to take a shortcut to developing that skill by following these few simple steps.