It happens, to everybody.
It's not the end of the world. It is a learning opportunity.
It's not always the crowd's fault. BUT they can play a part.
It doesn't matter if it was a small crowd. Personal funny stuff goes over even in very intimate surroundings. Don't tune your timing and mind to big laughs, just laughs, that's all you seek.
*Booming laughs from a big crowd is just small individual groups of people laughing all at once. ;)
Too many bad sets in a row is a red flag that signals back to the drawing board.
I really dislike the phrase, but let's face it, some people (too
many people) genuinely do have a stick in their ass. What does that
mean exactly? Well to me it means that too many of their thoughts
come predetermined, all of their so called 'knowledge' is basically rhetoric or life
slogans of some sort that save them the trouble of real thinking.
I believe religion parcels out too much of that. And nothing worse
than an inspirational sports idiom dropped on you during a true life
If there is a formula in stand up comedy that I approve of it is this, in all of your thoughts & jokes you must get to the point and then make THAT point funny, repeat. Simple sounding but not so.
You must isolate a topic, (do that for the audience so they can easily follow you) then twist that topic to a near breaking point, then break it to allow the audience a release of laughter.
THEN move on to the next point, even if your next point in on the same theme.
Why? Because stand up is meant to be performed and performance is immediate.
Things New Comics Do To Sabotage Their Stand Up Sets.
think everything causing too much personal anxiety. Comedy is side of
the eye type brush with reality. Don't even try to be perfect, many
times it's funnier if you're off a bit. So relax!
too many unnecessary words and descriptions. In stand up you cannot
ramble. No extra words. Use just the words the audience needs to
understand your punch line.
given enough thought to who they are or what they really want to
express in their comedy.
If you want to write comedy begin small.
Write about the little things, the in between moments, take something that isn't funny and purposely exaggerate it and make it funny.
You don't have to begin your million dollar script or book idea, it can be as simple as a few twists on your thoughts on a small notepad or phone screen.
Watch a TV program and critique it in a funny way.
Rant about something you don't like or that confuses you and write the high points down. Do what you can to capture the moment.
Just learned of another long time career comedy pal being 'downsized' from his position in a comedy organization.
The positive side is as most comedy 'lifers' he's not just going away, he's hitting the ground running by immediately calling in some chips and starting his own circle of comedy related projects that include creating rooms, shows, special events, room management etc.
Here's my point, I'm seeing a lot of comedy circuits, rooms, TV studios, etc etc leaning towards the younger market and so eliminating the over 50 and 60 age bracketed comedic talent.
need more than jokes to be a good stand up. Scary thought isn't it?
there is no question great jokes give a big assist to going over
well, a comedy talent still has to add so much essence.
me, have you ever seen somebody butcher a great joke? The point that
makes is simple, jokes can't stand alone.
has to be a build, a story, a powerful personality packed with funny
consistent attitude that suits the comic delivering those jokes. THEN
you have stand up comedy. THEN and only then do you have a potential
to become great.
When to write? I never wait for a perfect time to write. The perfect time to write is when and where you feel it, and you know what I'm talking about. It can also vary as to time and place. Writing is like lightening, you never know, it just hits and you must be prepared to capture it in a bottle.
For many who have other occupations and can't afford to stop everything and sit down at any moment and write, I would advise at least having a system in place to capture your thoughts, (feelings and images).
Lately in every stand up set I do I attempt at least a couple of jokes/bits etc that scares me. I started this to keep stand up exciting for me after so many years.
I can honestly say I wish I had began much sooner.
Dare to risk.
Laughs per minute can no question be the measure of a comic.
What is a good rate? A laugh about every 10 secs says you're at that top of your game.
That's correct, 6 solid laughs per minute for every minute of your set.
Don't dismay, a good 4 laughs per minute is fine most times...but make them booming.
Now the question of 'storytelling' comics usually comes up.
No problem, all you have to do is to listen to a great storytelling humorist, they are usually very compelling speakers, possess outstanding voices, mimics and situations.