In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 1: Sit and Watch, I suggested when you go to an open mic for the first time, well, sit and watch. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 2: Open Mics – The Entrance, I’ll explain the importance of getting on stage smoothly.
How to Be a Comedian Tip 2: Open Mics – The Entrance
Jerry Seinfeld said, and I paraphrase, “A smooth entrance makes for a smooth show.” Getting from your seat to the stage may sound easy, but with nerves, fear, and your head reeling with the ideas you want to talk about, it can be a real challenge. This simple task, done badly, can ruin your time on stage.
On my way to the stage, I’ve knocked over tables and spilled drinks, tripped on the steps getting onto the stage, pulled the top half of the mic stand out, hit myself in the mouth when I pulled the mic out of the stand… And those were the only laughs that I got.
Get to the club or room early. Pick a spot in the room where you want to sit that’s has a clear path to the stage. Next, walk that path, step on stage, take the mic out of the stand and place the stand behind you. Talk to get used to the mic sound and walk about the stage a bit. Then bring the mic stand forward and put the mic back into the stand. Walk off the stage, which isn’t as easy as it would seem as your eyes will have adjusted to the bright lights and you won’t be able to see very well. Take a moment to let your eyes adjust and then walk back to your seat.
The simple act of running through your entrance and exit will make for a smooth show.
In my next blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 3: Proper Mic Technique, I’ll discuss the correct way to use a microphone.
• Setting up an Open Mic in the Hollywood/Los Angeles area. More info: facebook.com/gdcomedy
• Getting a cover done for my workbook: How to Write Jokes.
• How to Be a Stand-Up Comedy – DVD on sale with a discount. stand-upcomedy.com
How to Be a Comedian – Take Comedy Classes,
Greg Dean’ Stand-Up Comedy Classes