How to Be a Comedian

Stand-Up Comedy Microphone Techniques – Part 1 – How to Be a Comedian Tips

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian Tipa 12: When the Audience is Laughing - Part 4, I shared several things comedians can do while the audience is laughing. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian Tips 13: Stand-Up Comedy Microphone Technique - Part 1, I’ll discuss the Do’s and Don’ts of using a microphone and stand. How to Be a Comedian Tips 13: Stand-Up Comedy Microphone Techniques - Part 1   Having no experience with a microphone can be an ordeal for the beginner’s first few times on stage. At first the mic will seem like this awkward phallus with an annoying cord that’s always underfoot, but with a few stand-up comedy microphone techniques and a little practice using it will become second nature. In fact, you’ll soon come to depend on it because controlling an audience is so much easier when you’re louder than they can ever be.



How to Be a Comedian Tips 12: When the Audience Is Laughing – Part 4

  In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian Tips 11: When the Audience Is Laughing – Part 3, I suggested several things for you to do when the audience laughs. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian Tips 12: When the Audience Is Laughing – Part 4, I’ll offer several more techniques to use when holding for a laugh. How to Be a Comedian Tips 12:



How to Be a Comedian Tips 11: When the Audience is Laughing – Part 3

  In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian Tips 10: When the Audience is Laughing – Part 2, I discussed the importance to pause after each punch or tag. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian Tips 11: When the Audience is Laughing – Part 3, I’ll offer several techniques to use while the audience is laughing. How to Be a Comedian Tips 11: When the



How to Be a Comedian Tips 10: When the Audience is Laughing – Part 2

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian Tips 9: When the Audience is Laughing - Part 1, I discussed the reason comedians talk through their laughs. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian Tips 10: When the Audience is Laughing - Part 2, I’ll explain the most important rule to follow when a comedian gets a laugh. How to Be a Comedian Tips 10: When the Audi



How to Be a Comedian Tips 9: When the Audience is Laughing – Part 1

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian Tips 8: Be Playful, Not Funny, I discussed how trying to be funny never works, so instead be playful. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian Tips 9: When the Audience is Laughing – Part 1, I’ll examine the reasons comedians talk through their laughs. How to Be a Comedian Tips 9: When the Audience is Laughing - Part 1 A gr



How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 8: Be Playful, Not Funny

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 7: Make a Show List, I showed how making a bullet point outline of your show helps you feel more comfortable on stage. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 8: Be Playful, Not Funny, I’ll explain the problem with trying to be funny and why it doesn’t work.  How to Be a Comedian



How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 7: Make a Show List

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 6: Proper Microphone Technique, I discussed how to use a microphone so it doesn’t distract from the show. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 7: Make a Show List, I’ll show how having a list of your material makes getting on stage easier. How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 7: Make a Show List One of the top fears of fledgling comedians getting on stage is, “I’m afraid I’ll forget my material.” It’s ironic the number one reason comics go blank is their fear of going blank. You will go blank during shows and the sooner you go blank and handle it, the sooner you’ll get over this fear. Make a Show List Many comedians use show lists. A show list is a bullet point outline of the material for that show. It’s not a verbatim transcript of your jokes. It’s a series of key words or phrases to remind you of the order of your jokes. Here’s an example:



How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 6: Proper Microphone Technique

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 5: Avoid All Comics’ Clichés, I showed how hacky phrases get in the way of being an original comedian. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 6: Proper Microphone Technique, I’ll explain how to use a microphone to the best advantage. How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 6: Proper Microphone Technique Bad microphone technique is another of my pet peeves which has easy fixes. Too many beginner and intermediate comics don’t understand how a mic works so they hold it in an ineffective manner. When a mic intrudes on the show then it isn’t being used properly. How a Mic Works The mics used in stand-up comedy are omni-directional, which means there’s a bubble around the mouth piece about four inches in diameter. When the comic’s mouth is inside that bubble, it’ll pick up the voice perfectly. Bad Technique When the comics



How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 5: Avoid All Comics’ Clichés

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 4: Greet the Audience, I discussed how to open your show by honestly greeting your audience, instead of using the same old comics’ cliché as everyone else. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 5: Avoid All Comics’ Clichés, I’ll take it even further and suggest that you resist using any comics’ clichés in your show. How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 5: Avoid All Comics’ Clichés Comics’ clichés are all those mindless phrases comics use because they heard other comics use them. These clichés are the fast track to becoming a hack. Identify them and eliminate them completely from your show. These clichés have a function, mostly as greetings and segues. Instead of using an old hacky cliché, think up some original way of greeting an audience and transitioning from one subject to another. Here are some of the most abused comics’ clichés:



How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 4: Greet the Audience

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 3: Mic and Stand, I showed how knowing how to use the microphone and stand will make your show more fun. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 4: Greet the Audience, I’ll explain the importance of opening your show by greeting the audience honestly. How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 4: Greet the Audience It’s very awkward when a nervous comic runs right to the microphone and goes right into, “I hate bumper sticker.” It lacks social grace. I’m not saying you must have a conversation with the audience at the top of the show, but merely say, “Hello,” before going into material. Even worse is when comics all say exactly the same thing as a greeting, “Hi. How you all doin’ this evening?” Or some slight variations. Please, please, please don’t do this. This kind of greeting is what I call a Comic’s Cliché. Comic’s Clichés are all the commonly u



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