How to Be a Comedian

How to Kill a Laugh – Part 1

Stop interrupting my comedy routine with you damn laughter.

Results of How to Kill a Laugh One night at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, I watched a comic, I’ll call “Biff,” train an audience to stop laughing. In the beginning, the audience laughed as his jokes. The problem was he didn’t know what part of the punch was causing the laugher. So when the audience laughed, to finish saying what he’d written, he’d shout over the top of the audience’s laughter. This is basically saying to an audience, “Stop Interrupting my comedy routine with your damn laughter.” Since the audience still wanted to hear what Biff had to say, they quickly learned to be quiet. Around the tenth joke, the audience had been trained to stop laughing altogether. They were still smiling and enjoying his show. But Biff wasn’t ge



How to Be a Comedian – Tip 31: Stop Using Comic’s Clichés – Part 1

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 30: Avoid the Motor Mouth Syndrome, I gave some of the reasons beginner comics stream roll through their shows. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 31: Stop Using Comic’s Clichés – Part 1, I’ll discuss those overused phrases comics constantly use. How to Be a Comedian Tip 31: Stop Using Comic’s Clichés – Part 1 There are phrases that all the beginner comics use because they heard some other comic say them. These are what I call comic’s clichés. I’m not discussing societal clichés, which are



How to Be a Comedian – Tip 30: Avoid the Motor Mouth Syndrome

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 29: No Questions as Segues – Part 2, I discussed the overuse of asking the audience a question to bring up a new subject. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 30: Avoid the Motor Mouth Syndrome, I’ll give some of the reasons beginner comics stream roll through their shows. How to Be a Comedian Tip 30: Avoid the Motor Mouth Syndrome The motor-mouth syndrome occurs when the comic goes through the material without stopping for laughs or even a breath. You’re on stage to have fun mak



Segues – No Questions – Part 2 – How to Be a Comedian – Tip 29

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 28: No Questions as Segues – Part 1, I discussed the overuse of asking the audience a question to bring up a new subject. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 29: No Questions as Segues – Part 2, I’ll point out more amateurish mistakes which make comics look foolish. How to Be a Comedian Tip 29: No Questions as Segues – Part 2 Another unwanted by product of using questions as a way of bring up a Topic is when the comic doesn’t get the response he wants. Then, even worse, ignoring the answer or lack of answer to his questio



Segues – No Questions – How to Be a Comedian – Tip 28

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 27: Closing Line, I covered the importance of having a joke to get off stage with a laugh. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 28: No Questions as Segues – Part 1, I’ll discuss the overuse of asking the audience a question to bring up a new subject. How to Be a Comedian Tip 28: No Questions as Segues – Part 1 Of all of the comics’ clichés, asking a question as a means of bring up a new subject matter is the most frequently abused and the biggest waste of valuable stage time. It’s a personal quest of mine to era



How to Be a Comedian – Tip 27: Closing Line

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 26: Opening Line, I discussed the importance of having an opening line to get a laugh right away. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 27: Closing Line, I’ll cover the importance of having a joke to get off stage with a laugh. How to Be a Comedian Tip 27: Closing Line One of the more awkward parts of a show is getting off stage. If you don’t have a designed exit, then you get whatever you get. Or if you want a smooth exit the technique to use is call Closing Line. By its name, it’s self evident what it



How to Be a Comedian – Tip 26: Opening Line

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 25: Acknowledge Idiosyncrasies, I discuss why comedians need to talk about things the audience may fixate on in order to get their attention back on the show. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 26: Opening Line, I’ll show the importance of getting that first laugh quickly. How to Be a Comedian Tip 26: Opening Line After you greet



How to Be a Comedian – Tip: 25 – Acknowledge Idiosyncrasies

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 24: Warm Up - Part 2, I gave more ways to warm up before going on stage. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 25: Acknowledge Idiosyncrasies, I’ll discuss why comedians need to talk about things the audience may fixate on in order to get their attention back on the show. How to Be a Comedian Tip: 25 – Acknowledge Idiosyncrasies To learn how to be a comedian, check out my Stand-Up Comedy Workshops Free Class If there’s something about you the audience might fixate on, you must address it so they’ll let it go and you can ge



How to Be a Comedian – Tip 24: Warm Up – Part 2

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 23: Warm Up - Part 1, I explained some reasons to warm up before you go on stage. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 24: Warm Up - Part 2, I’ll give more ways to warm up before going on stage. How to Be a Comedian – Tip 23: Warm Up - Part 1 To learn how to be a comedian, check out my classes that teach joke writing and performance techniques. Click on the logo.   Be Quiet and Focus Some people need to be left alone before they perform. If this is your style, physically warm up, an



Before a Show Warm Up – Part 1 – How to Be a Comedian – Tip 23:

  In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 22: Arranging Routines – Part 3, I presented about some techniques for arranging routines. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 23: Before a Show Warm Up - Part 1, I’ll explain some reasons to warm up before you go on stage.  How to Be a Comedian - Tip 23: Before a Show



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