Does it Take 10 Years to Find Your Comedic Persona?

Does it Really Take 10 Years to Find Your Persona?

There are several reasons that finding your persona is an important part of your development as a comedian. 

It makes you more memorable and helps you to stand out from the crowd. And that’s always important in terms of reaching a level of success.

But how do you find it? And How long does it take?

Some people on social media have said with absolute certainty that it takes “10 years for you to find your persona,” like that’s some magical number or something.​

There is a more streamlined approach to finding your persona and it’s easier than you might think.

I discuss that in this video.

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When Do You Think it’s Too Late to Break Into This Business of Comedy?

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I think most people have a this vision that getting into comedy means that you have to go to open mics, where you may or may not get on stage, but before you do get on stage, you have to wade through a sea of jokes about dicks, or jokes about smoking too much weed, or jokes about dicks who smoke too much weed.

If you’re over 40, the thought of having to slog out to do that several nights a week is not pleasant.

But there’s another way…

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2 Simple Comedy Writing Exercises that Secretly Make You Faster and Funnier

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Do you ever have those days when you don’t feel inspired to write comedy? You want to write but you don’t feel funny? Or you’re feeling defeated because you don’t feel like you are growing or not growing fast enough? Here are 2 simple comedy writing exercises you can do just to stimulate your comedic instincts. These are great when you just want to keep up your writing but you don’t feel like you have anything to write about. . . . → Read More: 2 Simple Comedy Writing Exercises that Secretly Make You Faster and Funnier

The Biggest Secret in Comedy

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George Carlin said he knew with 98 percent accuracy that a joke was going to get a laugh before he got on stage.

Ninety-eight percent! I want to be like that.

However, to get to a level of mastery with your comedy, you first have to understand why people laugh and how comedy works.

And here’s where I share with you the biggest secret in comedy…

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Boring Premise to Great Routine

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There are no bad premises in comedy, only premises we don’t feel connected to. But there’s always a way to take a premise and give it some context so that it comes alive and can create excitement. . . . → Read More: Boring Premise to Great Routine

How to Write a Joke like Chris Rock

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That’s right. In this post, I’m going to show you how to write a joke like Chris Rock…

Well, I’m going to show you one specific way that Chris Rock writes his stand-up comedy material.

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Are You Spending Your Energy on the Wrong Things?

Normally I take the stance that I only have control over my own behavior and no one else’s but I’m also a stubborn Irish fool from New York…

So I said, “Excuse me. I overheard you talking about Carrot Top. Why would you spend that kind of energy putting down one of the most successful entertainers in the World?”

Wouldn’t you get more benefit studying how he became that successful? Asking yourself how he got there? What could I do better that might help me and my career?

The guy who seemed to be the leader was like, “—you a comic, brah?”

I said, “you might say that…”

He said, “Well, I don’t know about you, but I’d rather keep my integrity than be a prop comic.”

I said…

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