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RE: Be a stand up comedian
I did one open-mic but moved to a different city shortly after that and have just started working on some new material to get back at it. Some advice for anyone thinking about it:

- If you can fearlessly approach a beautiful woman, you can definitely do stand-up comedy.

- Scope out a few open mic nights first, some of them offer slots as low as three minutes for new comics. You want to make sure you have three minutes of quality material before you try to go for ten or twelve. Also, shoot the shit with some of the comics, bartenders, anyone until you feel comfortable somewhere and target that joint. If you're outside of one of the really big cities, infiltrating any scene usually isn't too difficult.

- Jot down notes on index cards or on your wrist. I saw plenty of comics with more experience than I had referencing notes. It didn't seem too frowned upon by anyone and alleviates some of the pressure of memorizing everything with a potential Plan B.

- Bring people in! Regardless if the club requires that you bring at least five people or whatever, there's no better way to get the venue and the influential comics on your side than bringing money in the door. When I did it, two of my friends also went up (one was rather practiced, the other one was doing it for the second time), and we brought in at least half the crowd (15-20 people, this was a weeknight in a medium sized city). This made me pretty comfortable on stage and put the audience in our favor from the start. If you plan on performing regularly, try to invite different groups of friends out on different nights/weeks to spread out the love you'll get. A lot the comics in this scene were doing sets a few nights a week, which is great for their material, but obviously friends will lose interest after a certain point. If you can plant some tits and ass in the audience, you'll be a God to some of these nerdy comics.

- It's easy to start knocking back drinks pretty quick if you're nervous and antsy. A few beers and a shot to loosen up should be the maximum before you go up on stage. Reward yourself afterwards if you're a booze hound.

- Hang out and watch all the comics before and after your time slot. This is a common courtesy that can maybe lead to opportunities.

- Don't run your act/jokes by people who will just tell you how good and funny it is. Like with writing, this type of feedback is worthless. You can also find testing ground jokes pretty much anywhere, like work, the bar, impressing a chick, etc.

- A lot of you write, blog, run businesses, and stay in shape, so incorporate all of the useful elements of these things into comedy prep and you should be good to go. Just always be ready to pounce and make a note when you see a potential joke. It's a hilarious world we live in and there is something/someone to make fun of everywhere you look.
05-13-2013 03:02 PM
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Be a stand up comedian - RCP - 03-31-2013, 01:59 PM
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RE: Be a stand up comedian - Basil Ransom - 03-31-2013, 06:11 PM
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RE: Be a stand up comedian - Art Pimp - 05-13-2013 03:02 PM
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RE: Be a stand up comedian - Tex Pro - 05-14-2013, 12:45 AM
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