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     Chili Challis

           Lifetime comedian, comedy writer and coach



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HOW DO YOU MOVE UP IN STAND UP COMEDY?!

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Stand up comedy is full of talents wanting to move up. MC's want to feature, features want to headline, headliners want to get TV, power management...so on and so forth. So blah blah blah, what do you do?

The answer is simple but yet...not so. Well before attempting to gain the attention of somebody that can do you some good at a festival or audition of any type you need to have a product (show/material/character) that is not only funny but newer, fresher, energized and has a life of it's own. What does that mean? You have to be defined, know your strengths and put them on display, make all those personal things work for you.

Audiences want a comic to take them out of their comfort zones but yet give them a safe place to land. Your character can give them that (if you know what I mean)

Perform stand up that stands out. ;)

Not only do you have to strive for professionalism and gain experience in your skill sets, you have to strive to be unique. You have to bring something to your show that is compelling to an audience so that you begin to gain real fans... but never forgetting to bring the FUNNY!

'Say funny things but for gosh sakes say things funny' (old sayin')

Simply funny makes up for a lot, but when funny meets a honed consistent character along with passionate attitude jokes get amped up to maximum impact.

Your jokes will now go up to 11. ;)

It has always been my belief that audiences get behind character driven stand up quicker and more passionately then they do the 'run of the mill' writer comedian.

So kids the simple lesson is this, never forget to add character and passion, look for it within yourselves and your topics. Add emotion to your sets and what you're saying.

As to how do you move up in stand up comedy? Who the hell knows in this crazy inmate run asylum business.
One thing for sure though, making yourself the best doesn't hurt a bit!

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7 Comments

Reply Germ
4:57 PM on September 17, 2013 
This was about how to get ahead in comedy and you didn't mention oral sex once!
Reply Teri Foltz
4:57 PM on September 18, 2013 
I love your helpful tips, Chili. I am having such a therapeutic drive through Virginia this week and thinking about "moving up" in stand up. Thanks for your help.
Reply Assata
5:51 PM on December 3, 2013 
Thanks Chili,
I would like to learn how to exploit the funny, from my self trips around the world (without boring the audience in between). So much funny shit happened on my adventure, now to find the real funny in it without telling a long story on how it came about.
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10:21 PM on March 30, 2019 
这真是一项艰苦的工作,你无法学习,因为它很自然。我看到很多人为了好玩而这样做。
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12:27 PM on February 27, 2020 
At a young age, I am a humorous person that gives jokes although I am not speaking my friends always take it as a comedy. By my actions, they literally laughing but that is not my intention. James my friend said that my face was really funny, I guess it is my facial expressions when I am talking to them. Well if they really enjoyed it or some of them are sarcastic, it's okay with me. I do not entertain friends and I'm not a clown to do so.
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11:15 AM on February 28, 2020 
At a young age, I am a humorous person that gives jokes although I am not speaking my friends always take it as a comedy. By my actions, they literally laughing but that is not my intention. The joy my friend said that my face was really funny, I guess it is my facial expressions when I am talking to them. Well if they really enjoyed it or some of them are sarcastic, it's okay with me. I do not entertain friends and I'm not a clown to do so. Being a humorous person is a good and hard one, yes you make others happy but why you cannot make the hard things funnier for it is your own talent to do. I watch some clown show or magic show but I saw them at the backstage wiping their makeup and lipsticks that makes them in a big smiley face. I salute those people who have a sense of humor.