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´How To Do Stand Up Comedyµ
Secrets to Improv Stand Up Comedy!
By Harris Hunter
How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter
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Table of Contents Section 1: Stand Up Comedy Secrets....................................................... 4 Section 2: Being Funny and Performing Funny ......................................... 6 Section 3: Being Funny Means Seeing Funny .......................................... 9 Section 4: Surprising Twist ..................................................................... 12 Section 5: Juxtaposition ......................................................................... 14 Section 6: Observational Humor ............................................................. 16 Section 7: Step-by-Step Strategy ........................................................... 18 Step 1: Generate comedy material using ³that¶s funny because´ or ³wouldn¶t that be funny if.´ Remember it is the ³surprise´ that creates comedy. .............................................................................................. 18 Step 2: Match the style of comedy to your natural abilities or natural ³character.´.......................................................................................... 22 Step 3: Get the audience on your side quickly by being consistent with your ³character´ and your ³language.´........................................... 27 Step 4: Make sure your voice is interesting (remember, a monotone done for a purpose is interesting in its own way). ................................. 32 Step 5: Be conscious of timing in your joke delivery and study others¶ timing....................................................................................... 37 Step 6: Create one specific ³look´ for a specific moment in each major bit of material in your act. Practice in a mirror and note the audience reaction. ............................................................................... 42 Step 7: Material is all around you. Nail down your comic ³character´ and then use it to react to news and situations. The result will be comedy. .............................................................................................. 48 Recommended Resources ..................................................................... 50
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Section 1: Stand Up Comedy Secrets.
Many people say they could never get up in front of others and speak. Indeed, Public Speaking is often the number one fear many people have. Imagine getting up in front of people and making them laugh! Not only is it challenging, but you will know immediately if you succeed or fail. However, if you do have desire to get up in front of others and make them laugh, and you succeed...there is no better buzz or rush in the world. Few drugs could duplicate the rush a successful comedy performance generates. As a professional comedian for over 20 years I am fortunate to know this feeling and I can assure you I never tire of it. Also, as a pro for over two decades and well over 1000 performances I have
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figured out many crucial elements of comic success. Read on and learn many shortcuts and secrets you can implement in your own stand-up comedy career that I have learned through trial and error, by making mistakes, and from experiencing genuine, amazing comedic moments ± many of which I stumbled upon by accident and have used in every show ever since.
crazy stand-up comedian. Sometimes. Most of the time. in front of an audience and risk complete and utter failure. only the comedian is willing to brave the walk up to the stage. Only the dedicated few can try to perform funny. funny Uncle or cousin is a funny. 6 . Sometimes the crazy. the biggest difference between a funny co-worker and a stand-up comedian is.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Section 2: Being Funny and Performing Funny There is sometimes a difference between a person who makes co-workers laugh and a person who can make an audience laugh. Many people can be funny.
or adlibbing a gem of a line you can use every night will lead you on to the next . Attempting stand-up comedy is a huge risk for anyone. The thing with huge risk. getting a big laugh on a certain laugh. there is the potential of amazing rewards. Then you are on your way.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter There is a huge leap from the water cooler or the coffee room to the spotlight on the stage. my friend. until. you have a 15 minute act that makes the audience laugh from beginning to end. If you know you are one of the few who want to get in front of others and make them laugh. 7 . Any small successes such as working your way through five minutes on stage. before you know it. then make the step from being funny to performing funny.
And respecting your desire I will comply by delivering the information in a clear straightforward style.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter The rest of this book is straightforward and to the point. I will assume you are a hardworking academic student of comedy. secret and valuable tip to extract every laugh you can from your audience. It assumes you want to be funny in front of an audience. Let¶s get to the good stuff. I assume you want to know every shortcut. 8 . I will illustrate points only when necessary.
If you love sports 9 .How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Section 3: Being Funny Means Seeing Funny It is simple. you have to see funny. the owner said ³Lower taxes´ do you see the humor in the situation? Jon Stewart and the cast of The Daily Show did. If you want to be funny. Depending on the type of comedian you are. notice how kids behave or look in Children¶s safety seats. you need to recognize the humor around you. If you are a family comic. They ran the clip with the VP reacting and then mocked him for over a minute. When you read a news story about a Vice President visiting an Ice Cream store and freaking out on the owner because when the VP asked what he would like.
That¶s funny because he is a successful suicide bomber. If you are a topical comic. point out the latest issue in Afghanistan. Take any joke or any comedy bit you know and apply the above test to it (a little simplistic.. Let¶s try it: Jeff Dunham¶s character. but it works). Your first thoughts about anything new should be ³that¶s funny because´... I know.who can still talk to you.. Just make sure you are looking at the funny side.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter comment on the ridiculous steroid situation in baseball. Achmed the terrorist. 10 . Your first reaction to a TV commercial should be´ that¶s funny because´. or ³wouldn¶t that be funny if´. Try it.
It is not complicated. Wouldn¶t that be funny if Jack Nicholson was your gynaecologist? One of my favourite comedians of all time was George Carlin. He was particularly successful at ³Wouldn¶t that be funny if.´ Wouldn¶t that be funny if things that were lost went to a ³special pile in heaven´ until they showed up again. Or that¶s funny because there are seven words you can¶t say on television. Wouldn¶t that be funny if you made a list of people who should be killed. Seeing funny is simple. Use ³that¶s funny because´ or ³wouldn¶t that be funny if´ and you will never go wrong.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter You can do an impression of Jack Nicholson (who can¶t). 11 .
You could call this a surprise ± you were thinking airplane.´ Old school: I just flew in from LA.and boy are my arms tired. or. Often a surprise is a twist. Most classic jokes lead to a surprise. then were surprised by flapping arms... Or. 12 . The listener is surprised the comedian is referring to literally flying. you expected the comedian to talk about his air flight but he was talking about actually flying (a twist on the accepted concept of flying).How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Section 4: Surprising Twist What makes people laugh? A surprise. because you expect something ³normal´ and then get ³surprised. a twist on the everyday or the expected.
Why? I think it is because the audience is surprised that a character ± even a dead terrorist ± actually issues the phrase: ³I kill you. the ³puppet´ stares down at an audience member and says. (Pause).´ In today¶s society that is almost a taboo statement.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter New School: When Jeff Dunham presents Achmed the terrorist and the crowd laughs hard. I think the surprise is a type of shock and the audience reacts. I kill you. ³Silence.´ The crowd always laughs. 13 .
Opponents of Dodge ball were advocating that it was a violent sport and should be removed from schools. when Colbert reported on it. I remember a hilarious ³interview´ Stephen Colbert did on The Daily Show (where he started). using TV interview footage and footage of himself 14 . Obviously.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Section 5: Juxtaposition Another technique that achieves the surprise factor to create laughter is by juxtaposing or putting together two ideas that usually don¶t belong. He juxtaposed a ³hard-nosed journalistic approach´ with a report on Dodge Ball. When a comedian does this they achieve a twist or a type of surprise that generates audience laughter.
15 . The seriousness of ³CNN´ journalism juxtaposed with a children¶s sport resulted in humor. it was funny.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter participating and ringing a ball of a small girl¶s head and then celebrating.
because you can ignore them and leave your house for a week and you don¶t care about them. they still surprise the audience because they 16 . so they are the best pets. You know. Because cats are independent and don¶t care about you they make great pets. and everyone identifies them. even if you beat them or swear at them. Etc. Dogs always love you. they don¶t care about you.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Section 6: Observational Humor This term was created to describe comedy that seemed to just point out the way things are. so they are horrible pets. I would make the case that even though these observations seem true. cats are independent. Sometimes an original comic would observe the above details but then reverse the pet theory.
they simply ³observed´ is that so old guys don¶t get their heads stuck in culverts? 17 . For instance. Then. They also observed some old guys have lots of ear hair. The comics observed that cats have whiskers to help guide them when they can¶t see. You still end up with a surprise or a twist and then elicit laughter. More than one comic did them.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter never thought about the ³truths´ in that way. I remember the ear hair jokes a while back.
Tell Jokes ± If you have a million of µem that you tell at work or at the bar. If you analyze it.. Professionals just ³disguise´ the fact they are telling jokes. it may be the best method for you. 1. Larry the Cable Guy is a character who tells jokes.´ Remember it is the ³surprise´ that creates comedy. People don¶t always 18 .How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Section 7: Step-by-Step Strategy Step 1: Generate comedy material using ³that¶s funny because´ or ³wouldn¶t that be funny if. Styles of Comedy Decide what kind of comic you want to be..but more importantly. figure what kind of comedy suits your natural abilities.
and tells an incest joke. He mentions he is in a nice restaurant and then does a series of redneck jokes. Then move on to the next topic and tell a bunch more. Pound out One liners ± Some people made a career (Bob Saget and Henny Youngman) churning out short one line jokes. Tell stories ± The Bill Cosby style. but if you tend to make people laugh this way. He talks about his sister. you can stack a group of one liners together around a topic..How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter notice because he personalizes the joke. Listen to any Bill Cosby bit from the old days. Tell them.. Every act has a few one liners. Sometimes his exaggerations are a surprise that 19 . Some people are just good at telling stories and making people laugh while they do. The laughs in his stories come from surprise. 3. 2. Even his big laugh at the end.
´ are characters to some degree. then you have just created a superhighway to deliver your ³surprises´ directly to the audience.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter create laughter. Robin Williams. himself.´ 4. Be a character ± Andrew Dice Clay did it. Sometimes his facial expression surprises the audience and creates laughter. as a comedian. even those being ³themselves. Often the characters in the story say unexpected things and create comedy ³by surprise. was always angry. Jeff Dunham¶s puppets serve that purpose. I also think all comics. Larry the Cable Guy. If you have acting ability or can be someone everybody identifies with. is a ball of hyper energy (Except in the early days when he was actually 20 . George Carlin. I think of characters as a shortcut to the audience.
Then he was a hyper ball of energy. You might want to make it your main comedy delivery system.) You will be a character to a certain degree. 21 .especially if it easy for you to perform that way..How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter drugged up. on Coke..
Lewis Black. He points out unbelievable stupidity in people and politics.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Step 2: Match the style of comedy to your natural abilities or natural ³character. The sooner you are working ³with´ your audience. You don¶t have to be nice to your audience to work with the audience.their laughs. You are working with your audience in a positive way as soon as the audience understands and embraces what you are doing.´ Connecting With the Crowd Get the audience on your side.immediately.. the 60 plus years old comedian.. 22 . the sooner you can ³get back´ what you need from the audience . is so mad he can¶t even speak sometimes.
smooth opening line or bit that works well all the 23 . A name and some fame helps mould the crowd because the ticket buyers know what they want to see. They support Black in his condemnation of stupidity and are ³in on it´ with him.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter He isn¶t ³nice´ to his audience. Years of experience helps. but he quickly connects with the crowd. As fast a possible. like me (I am a Corporate Comedian unknown in club circles and outside of my Western Canadian area) you have to create rapport yourself. Creating that rapport is not easy. When you are working in relative obscurity. Creating rapport is as simple as having a good.
How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter time. we use the opening lines to reveal that we perform improv comedy and it is obvious from our two opening ³jokes´ that we will be using ideas and topics very specific to the group that the audience can relate to. Are you angry? Can you not believe what people will do? Are you soft-spoken? Are you dry and understated? Will you be taking shots at things and people? Do you make fun of yourself? You might not deliver every single line in your act from one of these narrow perspectives. 24 . however. Then the audience can adopt a stance you can build a rapport with. In my show. you should be able to categorize and classify yourself into one main persona. That bit should instruct or educate the audience about your ³position´ or demeanour.
Continue the rapport by giving clear signals that match your persona. If you are an observational comedian. If you are the angry comic. then preface bits with.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter We build rapport with audience members right away.. As soon as the audience is working with you or feel they are ³in on the secret´ then your reaction gets stronger and your laughs get louder. ³Did you ever notice. when..´ 25 . use lines like. ³You know what else burns my ass?´ If you are interested in the audience and their reactions or suggestions( as I am in my show) then ask them questions they can easily yell an answer out to.
It¶s way easier to perform comedy when the audience is ³with´ you. That makes every comedic attempt more difficult to pull off.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter These signposts in your material and act continue to guide the audience down the road you want to travel. It¶s like when you have seen an amateur comic (maybe you at one time?) who isn¶t sure what his or her main persona is and they jump around from joke to joke or bit to bit but don¶t have a strong focus. the audience is confused as to who the comedian is and the rapport isn¶t there. 26 . The signals establish and maintain a relationship with them. Without the main persona and focus. You know when this isn¶t working.
´ Your Voice I teach high school and it drives me nuts how professional communicators. Watch Bacon or Hot Pockets 27 . If you want to learn how powerful the voice can be in stand up comedy. tone and pace of their own voice.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Step 3: Get the audience on your side quickly by being consistent with your ³character´ and your ³language. never pay attention to the volume. guiders of learning. It is unbelievable to me that someone whose career revolves around speaking to others would not take the time to carefully listen to their own voice. the communication method of delivery. go to YouTube and type in Jim Gaffigan.
the crux of comedy as I mentioned before. Most important is to avoid one volume all the time. Remember. people lean in to listen and hear when you are speaking quieter. Loud and quiet. Gaffigan uses his ³other´ voice almost as another character in his act. 1. Otherwise the big volume isn¶t that noticeable and the quieter stuff is less effective. Your volume is important. allowing himself to have actual dialogue in a one man show. Let your voice move up and down like waves on a lake or ocean.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter and you will see the power of the voice when it comes to comedy. In fact. Louder volumes help with presenting surprise. 28 .
How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter 2. This can be funny and effective. Do that on stage and accentuate or exaggerate it too. reflect on inflection. Add more of the interesting stuff into your act to keep the audience focused on what you are saying. Chances are it will pay dividends. Usually a flat tone or monotone would be part of a character. 29 . our voice needs to have inflection to be interesting to listen to. For most of us. Example: Stephen Wright. Most people raise their pitch at the end of a sentence that is a question. Hear your voice. You can be monotone or have little inflection and still be funny. You need to objectively listen to your voice and try to determine when it is interesting to listen to and when it is hard to concentrate on. however.
slow speaker is eventually frustrating.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Try to use the natural tone you have without ³acting. The change of pace draws more attention to my words at that point and the surprise I reveal can trigger big laughter. A stilted. Like volume. 30 . Vary the pace. That only works if you are a naturally fast speaker. I happen to be. However. Often your material will dictate your pace. when I want to emphasize a joke or create more laughter. I sometimes purposely slow down. A non-stop quick speaker is exhausting. So I deliver my material that way. Some people think you should speak fast because it makes people listen and follow more closely. you need to vary the pace from time to time.´ 3.
You might keep the volume and pace the same. try varying the pace. Then. sometimes whisper. Just don¶t be boring. When thinking about your voice keeps this simple rule in mind: Don¶t be boring! Speed up. 31 . You might be able to manipulate all three. raise your tone. Every joke is different. slow down. consciously control your inflection.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter The easiest way to practise voice control is to deliver a standard joke. flatten your pitch. get loud or louder. Try altering the volume when you deliver the punch line. Finally. only altering the inflection.
that you have it or you don¶t. I¶m lucky. I agree that some people have comic timing. without rushing it. Some people claim that timing can¶t be taught. Timing Finding your timing and understanding comedy timing is crucial for anyone who wants to be a stand up comic. I know how to deliver a punch line effectively. a monotone done for a purpose is interesting in its own way). I understand when a pause in delivering a joke is funny. I have a sense of timing for comedy. I am fortunate that when I improvise I have good comedy timing. 32 .How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Step 4: Make sure your voice is interesting (remember.
So you might study comic timing as performed by a comic that has a style very different from the way you perform.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Now. if they don¶t have that innate sense? I think the answer is yes and no. I also think that anyone who is interested in making people laugh has some natural timing already. can you teach a person comic timing. the ³character´ they play and the kind of humor they deliver. There is no question that by watching videos of successful comics delivering jokes and comedy you can learn some elements of comic timing. you realize they have comic timing based on who they are. When you watch other comics perform. That comedian¶s timing won¶t help you as much as studying someone who is more similar to you. 33 .
the more you will notice slight nuances in your performance that may affect your timing. When you alter your timing and notice a stronger laugh. The first times you perform the comedy you will use your own instincts and best guess as to the most effective timing. and learn it to be successful.Learning Timing.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter On the other hand. comic timing is a basic component of all comedy. As you perform certain jokes or bits of material you will find a rhythm as you deliver the material. 1. The more you perform. understand it. you will need to try to copy that timing a few more times before 34 . In some ways it is an essential element and you will need to have it. Trial and error is often the best teacher.
How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter you can be sure. Anything you 35 . in the middle of a joke? If you can figure out answers to these questions you will be able to apply the answers to your own act. Remember.Think like the audience. or contrast). between jokes. the integral element of comedy is surprise (or incongruity. The easiest way to hone your comic timing is to think like the people in your audience. 2. what do you find funny in a joke? Do you like surprise punch lines delivered with a ³bang´? If you see a funny line coming and the comedian still approaches it slowly. do you wish he or she would speed up at that point? Do you like it when a comedian pauses between lines. When you sit in a chair to enjoy a comedian or appreciate some comedy. It is often more a natural instinct as much as a learned behaviour.
36 .How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter do with your timing to enhance the surprise or contrast will be effective.
makes me recite a poem (that I improvise every time). You should video yourself and watch for distracting mannerisms that will divert your audience¶s focus from what you are saying to what you are doing. in one part of my show. you probably won¶t be doing the ³Robin Williams´ bounce around on stage. 37 . the guy I work with. use precise words and vocabulary.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Step 5: Be conscious of timing in your joke delivery and study others¶ timing. Funny Physical Things It is important to decide how body language fits your style of comedy. Mark. However. but has a fairly brisk ³pace´ as he delivers his material. On the other hand. Steven Wright uses a slower semi-monotone when he speaks. If you speak slowly. For instance.
How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter when we watched video. put the mike on a stand most of the time. It¶s kind of obvious. expressive movements. It was definitely distracting and I took steps to eliminate the distracting rocking behaviour. consider a headset mike (That¶s what I use in my show). we noticed I rocked back and forth while I worked my way through the poem.. but a speedy. If you like to wear a smooth suit when you perform. hyper comedian usually uses quick..or use the suit to set up a humorous 38 . If you like to express yourself with your hands. Keep the following in mind when you are using your body for comedy: 1. decide if you are going to be smooth and cool in your movements. But. If you are super-physical. physicality can be more subtle than that.Match your character.
3. Most of the time comedians and funny people use their face unconsciously to communicate comedy. A well-placed ³big eyes´ look can send an audience into hysterics. facial moments. a stare. Watch a video of yourself and really observe what you do with your face. and angry look with your eyes can communicate effectively with your audience.Remember your face.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter contrast. 2. When you find a couple of effective funny. a squint. and use physical movements you would not expect a guy in a suit . Eyes communicate with the audience the most. a scowl.Use your eyes.to do.or a girl in a dress . or create a 39 . Likewise. try to use them in another spot.
You will also have a clear picture in your mind of the face you want to create. You would be amazed at some of the facial comedy you can create. I actually make faces in the mirror. the exaggerated 40 . Then repeat the face you want to use in your act until your facial muscles have muscle memory of that face. 4.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter variation of them to use in a news spot in your act. however. Few nerdy people in real life actually look like that.Play with your posture. You can also do what I do (or did). making it easier to re-create it. but sometimes you can assume a physical position with your body that greatly accentuates your comedy. You don¶t have to be a clown. You can do it while you are talking or delivering your material. Think of the typical ³nerd´ act.
etc. When you deliver a line ³sheepishly´ assume a posture that shows you lack confidence. 41 .´ For a macho line.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter slump and slight pelvic thrust is a position we all immediately recognize as a ³nerd. Sometimes a simple adjustment of your shoulders can create a stronger laugh. puff out your chest.
people associate improve skills with handling hecklers.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Step 6: Create one specific ³look´ for a specific moment in each major bit of material in your act. why they are leaving their seat etc. 42 . Improvisation Improvisation skills can help any stand up comedian have a stronger act. to people arriving late to crowd members going to the washroom. If you have watched any stand up comedy footage you probably have seen a comedian engage an audience member in a discussion about their job. being able to improvise can help a comedian handle many situations from audience members yelling out. However. Practice in a mirror and note the audience reaction. Often.
Many comedians work their material. even ³artificially´ creating a situation to use them in.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter An experienced comedian with 100¶s of shows under her belt might be presenting material that looks improvised. but is actually presenting successful lines that work well in the situation she finds herself in. Other comedians (myself included) like the excitement of unknown territory and potential 43 . You don¶t have to be a good improviser to be an effective comedian however. I know that several ³keeper lines´ I use in my act have evolved from lines that were at one time improvised for a specific situation. tweaking it only slightly until each phrase works hard to get laughs. I keep the very best and use them over and over. as it is written.
If the idea of spontaneous ideas and comedy interests you. Learning improv skills and becoming an effective improviser is the topic of another book. If it is uncomfortable and scary to you. then continue to work on your material and stage presence. You need to decide how strong your natural improvising skill is and then work from there. start studying the masters and see where it will take you. 44 .How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter humor that is spontaneous and a little ³dangerous´ because you never know exactly how it will all turn out. Material Many readers will wonder why material is the last topic of this book.
How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Shouldn¶t material be the first thing a comedian worries about? Hopefully. If you are genuinely funny and have a good sense of timing you can tell any ³old´ joke and make people laugh. what kind of humor you can ³deliver best´ and what ³character´ you are. 45 . then the hard work is done. If you are dedicated to learning what type of comedian you are. you can see that there are many other important skills and ideas to consider first. Having the skill and desire to make people laugh is the most crucial foundation to a comedian¶s success. by now.
then material about the Mayoralty race will most likely work for you. if you are 24. ³tatted´ up your arms and neck and think ³Bounty Hunter´ is a good show. then some material about you trying out MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) at a local gym will probably be funny. you wear a tie and jacket. and you actually are interested in politics. to use our theory of comedy being a contrast.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter It will be much easier to see ³where material comes from´ once you know where you. If you are doing an open mike night on Thursday in your home city and you are over 30 years old. And. tattooed tough guy who has an opinion about the Mayoralty 46 . are coming from. On the other hand. as a comedian. you could be the 24 year old.
The last point about comedy material I would like to make is to remind you how accessible ideas. Many comedians say it often writes itself.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter race and how it could best be decided in a MMA cage match. Bush was in office knows what that means. 47 . You see what I mean? When you know who you are as a comedian. the material is much easier to see. Any comic who was working the last few years while George W. to find and to write. news and even images are in our digital world. From surfing the net to setting your Google Reader to snag ³silly stories´ you can have a never-ending supply of ideas to base comedy material on.
it¶s up to you. as always. that resonated with your own comic personality and build on it.or the Beginning? Now. The End . Just take one idea that appealed to you and work with it.How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter Step 7: Material is all around you. The result will be comedy. Then. It doesn¶t matter if it is about your character. Nail down your comic ³character´ and then use it to react to news and situations. after an informational journey. or where comedy comes from or ideas for material.. once you have utilized that idea and got something out of it (or.. Take any one idea that made sense to you. experienced zero 48 .
How To Do Stand Up Comedy Harris Hunter gain) move on to the next idea that makes sense to you. before you know it. without realizing it) you will have substantially improved yourself as a comedian. And then. 49 . Not only will you notice. you will have taken a small step to being a funnier comedian. but your audiences will as well. you¶re both laughing. like in my career. That step will lead to one other positive step and before you know it (or. Then. Hopefully you can build on the momentum from working with the first idea.
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