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

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip3: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 used phrases comics repeat because they heard other comics use them. How many times in a show does the audience want to be asked, “How you all doin’ tonight?” Or “Wus up?” I’ve heard as many as thirty in one open mic. Nothing like being original.

Advice: Greet the audience like you would with any conversation with strangers. Say, “Hello,” and introduce yourself. If you want more of a greeting beyond that, be honest about how you’re feeling right at that moment, “I’m glad to be here, but a little nervous.” Be genuine and the audience will respond in kind.

In my next blog, How to Be a Comedian – Open Mic Tip 5: Avoid Comic’s Clichés, I’ll discuss how beginner and some experience comics fill their show with mindless clichés that only hack comics use.

BTW

• Fundamentals Workshop begins Monday May 13th 2013. More info: stand-upcomedy.com

• Just got the covers for my Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy Workbook Series. They’ll be published on LULU.com in May 2013.

• Smoked an Alec Bradley American cigar while writing this blog. It was good, no better.

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