How to Be a Comedian – Tip 21: Rearranging Routines – Part 2


In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 20: Rearranging Routines – Part 1, I talked about the importance of rearranging routines and offer an excellent guideline.

In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 21: Rearranging Routines – Part 2, I’ll offer another technique for rearranging routines and bits so they are more effective.

Graphing Your Show

Graphing is a great technique for plotting the overall effectiveness of your show. As you listen to the play-back of your show, rate the jokes from least funny to the funniest, and place dots for each rating on a piece of paper to form a graph. This isn’t Comedy Lab 101, so it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s just a simple method of seeing how your show climbs and falls.

If your show graphs like this on the Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy – Diagram 13:

Greg Dean Joke Graph










You have a problem with the pacing because it’s funnier in the middle. You’ll want to rearrange the jokes so the show ends with the jokes that get the biggest laughs.

This is what your show’s graph should look like on the Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy -Diagram 14:

Greg Dean Joke Graph










This kind of show builds steadily upward; some jokes may get an equal response, but none should get significantly less laughter than the jokes that came before it. The show should continue to get bigger and bigger laughs, ending with the biggest laugh of all.

In my next blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 22: Rearranging Routines – Part 3, I’ll offer several more guidelines for arranging routines.

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