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.stand-up comedy microphone techniques Greg Dean Comedy, comedy class, comedy class Los Angeles, comedy class la, comedy classes, comedy classes Los Angeles, comedy classes la, stand-up comedy class, stand-up comedy classes, stand-up comedy class Los Angeles, stand-up comedy classes Los Angeles

My suggestion is to use something to simulate a microphone while rehearsing so you can get comfortable holding something in your hands while performing. Reportedly, my students have employed large spoons, hairbrushes, and a stick with rope tied to it. You’ll know you have good stand-up comedy microphone techniques when it becomes virtually invisible to you and the audience.

Here are some basic Do’s and Don’ts for using a hand-mike on stage in a nightclub.


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Don’t leave the mike in the stand for your entire show.

Do take the mike out of the stand at the beginning of your show and place the stand at the back of the stage. The rule of thumb is: Hold the mike in your hand unless the bit requires your hands to be free; only then put it back on the stand.


Don’t pound the mike into your hand.

Do check to see if the ON button is turned to ON.

Don’t twist the jack at the bottom of the mike. The jack connecting the cord to the mike has prongs that can be bent by twisting, which will permanently damage the mike and the jack.

Do push the jack further into the bottom of the mike to make a better connection.

Don’t yank on the cord. You could very easily pull the wires loose in the cord or the jack that plugs into the wall.

Do test the jack at the end of the cord that plugs into the wall or side of the stage.

In my next blog, How to Be a Comedian TipS 14: Stand-Up Comedy Microphone Techniques – Part 2, I’ll offer even more Do’s and Don’ts.stand-up comedy microphone techniques Step by step to stand-up comedy classes los angeles ebook cover smaller version

How to Be a Comedian Tips 13:

Stand-Up Comedy Microphone Techniques – Part 1




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