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...
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.
Learning Comedian timing is more of a science than a "feeling." Understanding this one fact will help you realize that an audience logically processes what you say before they can respond with laughter.
Don't get stuck. Sometimes writing a joke is as simple as adding a condition to a statement and turning the irrelevant condition relevant...
Ever wonder what keeps an audience's attention? In this video Marc Maron reveals his secret to keeping an audience captivated whether he's standing or sitting.
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 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...
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.
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...