Stand up comedy has turned into a million dollar business and is all about creating laughter. It gives you a beautiful thought of bringing smiles on many faces sitting in front of you. It is a very satisfying feeling that you are responsible for making so many people happy. In additional to this personal satisfaction, you get a good pay too. It may sound easy but the truth is that it requires hard work and efforts. It is not a simple profession and is quite adventurous.
You require a fresh script in comedy. Observing things and conversations around you can be very helpful in giving comic twist. Everything that happens around you always has a sense of humor in it. The need is to perceive it with an open mind. It is a good idea to write jokes on daily basis because a lot of content is required in stand up comedy.
A very famous stand up comedian once said that comedy is ninety percent expression. It is true that comedy is all about expressions. It is your presentation, which matters in an act and can make your performance successful. Hence, you need to have a good grip on your expressions to become a star in comedy.
It all depends on how you deliver your content in front of the audience. It is good to practice your act and expressions in front of the mirror to improve your skills. Perform your act among family and friends to learn from their responses. Your material should appear as if it is spontaneous and not memorized. It should appear natural and effortless.
You need to understand the crowd to deliver good comedy and make them laugh like crazy. Perceiving the audience to know what they want is very important to entertain them. You should always learn from your experiences. At times things might not work well but never give up and keep up with the struggle. Pinpoint the drawbacks in your performance and work on improving those flaws. We always learn from our failures so treat your successes and failures equally, as they are both essential for becoming a renowned stand up comedian. Refine your comedy writing skills and delivering skills. Join a good stand up comedy workshop or institute to get professional training. You may also watch different stand up comedy videos to learn many comedy tricks and tactics.
Well please don’t die laughing literally, though I can think of worse ways to go! Anyway, it’s a while since I gave you any tips on some comedy talent to watch out for and if you do catch any of these, I hope you agree, they are guaranteed to have you in fits of laughter.
Brooke Van Poppelen
Named one of the ‘Best New Comedians of 2012’ by Esquire Magazines, Brooke made her stand up debut on John Oliver’s New York Stand up Show. Appearing in numerous other shows, as well as being a comedy talent, Brooke is a writer and producer for ‘Girl Code’ on MTC and contributing writer and producer for MTV 2’s ‘Guy Code’. Definitely one to catch if you’ve not already.
His own father being a clown turned world class magician, it’s easy to see his comedy roots. Winning New York’s Comedy Festival and Boston’s Comedy Festival in 2012, Nate has had his own comedy special and is proud of the fact that he was recognised as one of the biggest up and coming comedy talents by Jim Gaffigan in 2012. He is currently enjoying success with his first comedy release ‘Yelled at by a Clown’.
Named ‘Best New Comic’ by iTunes in 2009, Moshe achieved success later that year when his comedy album ‘Everyone You Know Is Going To Die, and Then You Are!’ was ranked one of the top 20 comedy albums for 2009. Moshe has also also been named as ‘Comic to Watch’ by Punchline Magazine. More recently, in January 2012, Moshe recorded his first solo television special at The New Parish nightclub in Oakland.
His road to success started with a win at the DC Improv Comedy Competition in 2008. Writing for Upload with Shaquille O’Neal on TruTV, Fantasy Factory on MTV and Loiter Squad on Adult Swim, Hampton is also currently a writer for his second season for Ridiculousness on MTV. Appearing on numerous TV shows, he’s also familiar to listeners of the Bob and Tom Radio Show as well as appearances on The Nerdist Podcast young comics special and XM Comedy Radio. I’m not the only one who tips him for the top, as he was named one of the comics to watch in 2012 by Esquire Magazine.
First gaining notoriety following his recurrent role on the second season of Chappelle’s Show, Bill is now a familiar face on the stand up comedy circuit as well as appearing on a number of TV shows.
Referred to as a ‘comedian’s comedian’ by some observers of the U.S. stand up comedy circuit, his work is followed and appreciated by the public and fellow professional comedians alike.
As well as success in the field of stand up comedy, Bill records a weekly one hour-podcast covering various personal experiences and observations and can also be seen in the fourth and fifth season of ‘Breaking Bad’.
If you’ve not had the chance to catch any of Bill’s sets, I’ve just included a few of my personal choices from his stand up routine:
- You know what a cubicle basically says? It basically says, like, ‘You know what? We don’t think you’re smart enough for an office, but we don’t want you to look at anybody’.
- I’d be like, ‘Lady, get the hell away from me! You’re old, you’re gross…I’m sorry. I’m sure you were unbelievable back in the 20’s, when you were doing the Charleston, making beer in your bathtub, but you’re at least four decades past humpable. I’m sorry.’
- There’s no ‘brothers’ when it comes to white people. We are just complete individuals. We don’t care about each other. He’s not my brother, my brother lives in Ohio…I don’t know that guy.
- A good story is always you doing something wrong, you know? That’s why nice people are so damn boring. I mean, they’re nice, but their stories suck.
- You’re a kid, your whole life is awesome. It’s awesome right? You had no money, no ID, no cell phone, no nothing, no keys to the house. You just ran outside into the woods. You weren’t scared of nothing. I challenge you to do that as an adult. All your ID’s, all your credit cards…just run out of the house with no phone, turn the corner where you can’t see your house, and not have a full on panic attack.
Like many aspiring stand up comedians, I realised I had a talent for making people laugh at quite a young age. A couple of my old school reports even have mention of me being the class clown, something my Mom and Dad were not exactly proud of as I recall! As I got older, I did what was expected, got good grades, went to university and after graduating just kind of fell into a career as most of us do I guess. Mom and Dad were happy, but the thought that for the rest of my days I would be wearing a suit and tie, working 9-5 and having a perfectly manicured lawn in the ‘burbs filled me with dread. I fell back to comedy as my escape.
I’d been a regular at the comedy clubs in the city and as an avid comedy fan I already knew from various stand up comedians biographies that a career in stand up comedy is not as easy road. Even knowing it would be difficult, I knew that my dream was to work as a stand up comedian. All I needed to work out, was if I could be brave enough to take the step?
I’d done my research and so I knew what I had to do. I rehearsed at home, usually videoing my ‘routine’ so I could watch it back to work on hesitations or areas I needed to improve. I had started making notes of all the things that I might be able to write about, so each evening, I would try work on my comedy writing. I wasn’t brave enough yet to tell family, so for my first ‘public’ performance I bribed some colleagues with an offer of free food and drink if they were willing to subject themselves to my routine. Some were honest enough to give me critical feedback which though a little tough at first, was valuable in helping me shape my performances in future.
I then hit any and all open mic events in the vicinity and after doing this for just over a year, I started sending my comedy resume to club owners to try and get bookings. So far, I’ve sent out more than I can count and only managed to get a handful of paid bookings.
I won’t lie, it really is as tough as they say it is. I’m holding down my day job still and performing and writing most evenings. But what makes all the effort worthwhile is getting on stage and knowing I am making people laugh.