In case you were wondering, this article that you decided to read for amusement is no laughing matter. In fact, the information you’re about to read is highly classified. Unless you are a serious comedian, you’d better go back to looking for pictures of cute kittens. In this piece, we’re going to discuss what every comic needs to succeed, and we’ll even show you what causes comics to crash and burn. Since I’ve been doing comedy for over a decade, I’ve been able to develop a distinction between what works and what falls flat on its tailbone. Stick with me through this article if you want to learn what it takes to make it onstage.
Why You Want to Be a Comedian Dictates Whether You’ll Be Successful at Stand up
If you’re in this game to make a fortune and become famous, you’re going to fall apart in an instant. You might be able to achieve some of those dreams you have in time, but you need another special reason to be able to get onstage every night. There has to be some personal vendetta that you have inside of your soul that needs to be expressed through this dramatic art form. Comedy might make people laugh, but the comedian must be willing to expose some of their most vulnerable thoughts and feelings. In the process, it can feel downright traumatic. However, a professional comedian thrives on feeling free of personal judgement. Find out what brings you to want to bare your soul to the world in order to have the motivation required to be a stand up comedian.
”Is This Mic Working?” What Three Subjects Should You Avoid Talking About?
While it’s a fact that freedom of speech is the biggest reason that the majority of comics make it in their careers, you don’t want to push everyone’s button constantly. If you decide to discuss any of the following subjects, be savvy about the way that you build your jokes in order to bring the discussion to a witty level. Remember that it’s important to make people think about issues when you do comedy, but you don’t want to get booed from the stage. This article has more information about how freedom of speech supports the modern comic.
- Don’t talk about recent tragedies in a way that belittles any of the victims involved.
- Don’t talk about another performer’s set unless you know they’re going to be okay with your critique.
- Don’t talk about social issues that aren’t impacting your particular race, creed, gender, etc., especially if you are going to put down the party that is impacted by the issues at hand.
Do Discuss Issues That Impact All Levels of Society
While it’s important to be sensitive to the feelings of people involved in major issues, you shouldn’t be afraid to talk about any topic. In the midst of doing commentary about social issues, be sure to remember that you are bringing a sense of awareness to these issues, so you must be able to separate yourself from stagnant views. Unless you’re doing a character that’s known to have certain personality traits, the audience is likely to identify you as an individual with the opinions that you’re representing. This article has more information about how comedians cross boundaries.
A Tip for Overcoming Performance Anxiety
In this medical article about stage fright (or performance anxiety), you’ll learn about how stage fright is manifested into actual physical symptoms, ranging from rapid breathing to nausea. If you want to avoid stage fright, concentrate on remaining calm about life. If you keep taking slow, controlled, deep breaths in the moments leading up to a performance, you’ll send calming signals to your brain. Breathe in through your nose, and breathe out through your mouth. If all else fails, refer to your set list to guide you through the performance.
Performing Onstage Requires Practice to Make It Perfect
You won’t know how well you’ll do until you make an appearance onstage. If you haven’t already performed stand up comedy, you need to hone your skills for this craft by practicing it as often as possible. Find a performance venue that you like, and become a regular comic for that stage. Do engage in frequent training if you want to be in the zone that comics crave. The last tip for you is the following: don’t be a stranger to open mics in your neighborhood.