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

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 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 – Tip 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 – Tip 10: When the Audience is Laughing – Part 2

Talking through their laughs is probably the biggest mistake beginner comedians make. They’ll spend hours working on their material, deal with their insecurities and fears, wait hours for stage time, take a huge psychological risk to get in front of an audience, and then when they get that precious laugh . . . they completely ignore it.

So here’s the number 1 rule: When the Audience is Laughing – SHUT UP.

Do you know how to train a flea? You put it in a jar, put some wax paper over the top, and poke holes in it so it can breathe. The flea will try to jump out of the jar, but it’ll smack into the wax paper. After several attempts, it’ll learn that it can only jump so high. Once this is accomplished, you can take the wax paper off and the flea will never jump out of the jar because it’s been trained to stop short.

Do you know how to train an audience to stop laughing? Same principle. I’ve watched comics train audiences to stop laughing simply by interrupting their laughter. When an audience begins to laugh and the comic talks into their laughter, they’ll stop to hear what he’s saying. If this happens often enough, the audience, like the trained flea, learns to pull up short. It’s essential to allow the audience to laugh. Of course, if you make your relationship with the audience the most important thing, you’ll be connected and know when to let them laugh and pause to enjoy it.

In my next blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 11: When the Audience is Laughing – Part 3, I’ll offer several things you can do while the audience is laughing.

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