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Some Misconceptions Related To Stand Up Comedy

When you are writing stand up comedy, it is best if you get accurate information on the subject.  It is human nature that if an individual gets second opinions, then he eventually finds answers he wants to hear.  When it comes to stand up comedy, there are certain misconceptions that don’t let the people excel in the field.

Here take a look at these misconceptions and see whether you are practicing in the right direction or not:

Individuals, who don’t have the comedy talent can learn to become funny on stage.  There is a possibility that you can learn to act funny and eventually get successful in generating huge laughs. However, if you don’t have any natural comedy talent, it can be really hard for you to move forward with comedy. You need to develop acting skills. You should possess the ability of writing and most of all can deliver the comedy act rightly. It will take years and years to achieve the proficiency of headliner.

Such folks wish to make their audience scream with laughter but in reality, they are hardly able to make them laugh. They remain at the bottom level of the food chain of comedy.These are the same individuals, who say that nothing seems to work for them with which they can make their audiences happy.  In reality, the major reason behind the failure is the fact that they don’t possess natural comedy talent.  Professional stand up comedians never lack such a talent. It’s not that it’s impossible, but it will take time to be actually good.

Another misconception is that those folks, who have natural comedy talent, need to focus on the joke writing formulas and this means that it may take years to master the art of bringing big laughs as a result of their routines.  If you have ever come across success stories of stand up comedians, you will learn that they merely started because they had the talent.

Many professionals say that joke writing can halt the growth of a comedian because he would always have to judge whether his jokes are funny or not. The truth is that delivery is what makes you get laughs. Watch some stand up comedy videos and observe this thing on your own. Half of the success of the performance is based on your delivery.

Whether you are a newbie or experienced in comedy, you must observe these things to make your career in comedy.

 

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An approach to easy search of comedy videos

Stand up comedy has made its way through new age. Numerous ways and sources are available for enjoying it. Plenty of sites are displaying these videos and updating them regularly for providing latest videos to their users. If you desire to find elite funny video clips from today’s most recent comedians, you should visit websites. Search engines can help you a lot for finding such elements. It will represent plenty of links from huge databases. Stand up comedy videos are a good source for leaning so the beginners should search them. Web offers good deal of funny videos, which help beginners to learn.

Multiple sites are serving society with this health recovering element of art. Each site has different categories of videos according to their nature and duration also. User can select the videos to watch online or to download.  Both facilities are available for users. Stand up comedians also create their videos and upload on public or personal website. Once you find out a website, it becomes easy to revisit the site. You can bookmark the pages of your interest, as it keeps your desired page only at a distance of one click.

The other means for collecting these videos is your friends’ circle.  From your office colleagues, you may get these videos. It is much easy now as most of people have smartphones or even phones with latest technology that makes this exchange quite easy. A person in your community, who is interested in comedy videos, could be a good source for you providing good comedy videos. Exchange of memory cards is also a good mean for spreading stand up comedy videos.

Social sites also display numerous funny videos. YouTube is a good source of funny videos. It has a large database of these video clips. These sites are a great help for locating hilarious video clips online. Through email and social networking, funny clips can be passed from person to person, often creating a ring drawing more concentration and more views until the funny video clip reaches an infiltration point with millions of views. While searching these videos, keep one thing in mind that these may be infected with virus that can damage your devices. As these media elements are an effective tool for virus spread, so be careful while looking for funny videos and make necessary steps for security of your devices such as phones, tablets, PCs, etc.

Four Common Mistakes in Stand up Comedy

Stand up comedy is a very challenging field. It requires a lot of practice and hard work. The new stand up comedians often commit some common mistakes. Most of these mistakes are simple and the reason behind committing such mistakes is the absence of proper guidance. There is a little difference between being funny person and being professional comedian. To act something funny in front of people needs attitude, which comes with experience. However, the passion to learn from mistake and to improvise your talent further plays an important role in this.

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Thinking of yourself being very funny is not enough, as it does not ensure that the crowd will like you too.  You will have to learn from your mistakes in order to make your way towards your goal of becoming a successful stand up comedian. Four common mistakes that new aspiring stand up comedians mostly make are mentioned below:

  1. The new comedians think that a good written material is all required to make their act successful. That is not truth. Delivery and presentation both play a crucial role in making any act funny. In fact, they are often more important than the jokes told. A good story can completely fall flat due to bad delivery and presentation. On the other hand, a strong delivery and presentation can prove extremely helpful in uplifting an unimpressive script.
  2. Body language is ignored by new comedians, which is yet another mistake. Changes in voice tone are good for the act. The variation in facial expressions and gestures is important for your act. It adds charm to your act and attracts the audience to listen carefully to what you are saying. Try watching stand up comedy videos to build your presentation skills and body language.   
  3. The comedians at times do not have a lot of interest and some background knowledge about the topic they have chosen to talk about. Make sure to have some knowledge about the topic of your act and to use your own content. You have to be spontaneous and effortless while performing live so try to find out the material relevant to the topic of your performance.
  4. Many new comedians underestimate the need of rehearsals. This is a major mistake, which new people in comedy, commit. It is always a good idea to rehearse your act again and again. This will also help you to boost your self-confidence. The more you rehearse, the better you will perform later.

TAKING STAND UP COMEDY CLASSES

Stand up comedy has become very famous, which is why stand up comedy classes have become very popular too. There is a wide range of options available for stand up comedy classes. It is a great form of art to learn. All good stand up comedians are funny but they always need a direction to become better and to improvise their comedy skills. Comedians are not born funny rather they become comedians by learning comedy and by acquiring essential comedy skills. Here is a review of stand up comedy classes to know what you can expect from these classes.

Other subjects can be learned from books. However, as far as stand up comedy is concerned, it cannot be learned completely from books. It is not just about writing funny jokes, but involves techniques and skills required to present the content in an effective way in front of the audience. You should be good enough at presenting your act to satisfy and entertain the audience. Writing is essential for good comedy but it is not all required to become a humorous stand up comedian. There are many other features you ought to have in order to make the audience roar into laughter.

To become a star of comedy, it is always helpful to take stand up comedy classes. Choosing to take stand up comedy classes means that you want to opt this performance art to get recognition from the crowd. The things, which an effective stand up comedy class, can teach you include Structure, networking with others, and stage etiquettes and conductance.

You need to be careful about determining the credentials of the class teacher. Check the teacher’s website and look at his profile. Be sure that the teacher is good enough to teach you good comedy. Learn and be experimental in comedy. Do not be afraid to act and believe in your gut feeling. See yourself if things work or not. You can learn different terminologies of comedy in these classes that will help you to become professional in this field. You can also take help of online stand up comedy videos to enhance your comedy techniques further.

Comedy is something that can be learned if you have the thrust and passion for it. Unlike some forms of comedy, which require the same structure like sitcom writing and screenplay writing, stand up comedy is different. It is all about new stuff and it is quite experimental. You need to discover your funny aspects, which can make your crowd roll into laughter. It is fun and requires creativity.

TIPS TO LEARN STAND UP COMEDY

If you are interested in learning good stand up comedy or want to opt it as your career, you definitely need to know about the punch line mechanics along with the other things required to learn it. There are a few tips and techniques mentioned below, which can help you to perform good stand up comedy and improvise your comedy skills:

TIP # 1

The punch lines spoken are usually less than 8-9 words long. Stand up comedians need to recall the things they say to others, which are funny to understand the punch line secret. It is the structure of your punch line, which adds surprise and laughter to it. The true sense of the punch line is not revealed until you end it. The punch lines have their effects mostly in their endings. You should edit and adjust the punch lines to make them more appropriate and big laugh material. The word placement in punch lines plays an important role.

TIP # 2

Your delivery plays a crucial role. At right time, stand up comedians deliver the punch lines that will give them the most laughter feedback from the audience. Therefore, you need to practice your act to make the most out of it and to have a good control over your delivery of punch lines before you perform live.

TIP # 3

Practise the comedy material with your friends and family before you present it on the stage. Make sure not to tell them that you are actually practicing to deliver your comedy material. You can have more control in your delivery abilities. It might help you in boosting your self-confidence, which is very necessary to become a successful stand up comedian.
TIP # 4

Watching stand up comedy videos on the internet can prove very beneficial and enable you to learn many tricks and tactics from the professional comedians. They provide you access to watch the performances of all the talented and extraordinary comedians available around the globe and analyze their performances. Stand up comedy videos can help you to enhance your abilities and to improvise your techniques. You may review these funny comedian videos and note down the punch lines, which were used to get the laughs. Closely analyze the word placement in those punch lines and their sentence structure. This might help you to generate your own punch lines more effectively and to boost your creativity. They can also prove helpful in teaching you how to win the hearts of the audience and to make them laugh like crazy, which should be the real aim and target of a comedian.

The origins of stand up

We all love stand up.  We want the relief laughter gives us from the strife we encounter in our daily life.  They help us leave all our troubles behind with joy and laughter of comedy and it’s true it’s one of the best medicines we can have.

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If you’ve read the biographies of many stand up comedians, one thing you’ll recognise almost immediately is how hard being a stand up comedian can be, particularly in their early days.  They master their art and make it look unforced, but this belies the hard work they have put in to get to that stage and how natural and comfortable they appear.

So, is stand up comedy a modern remedy for our daily life ills?  Not at all.  The origins of modern stand up comedy can probably be traced back centuries, way before the days of TV and comedy clubs.  Even in medieval times, people used comedy and laughter as an escape and jugglers, mimics and puppeteers were employed to entertain and to make people laugh.

Probably the hardest job, which might make the challenges of today’s stand up seem insignificant, was the job of court jester.  If a current day stand up bombs, the personal consequences usually amount to nothing more than a dip in confidence and a slight embarrassment.  A court jester on the other hand would be slightly more worried about being unable to make royalty laugh.  If there was a failure to amuse the court, sometimes the penalty might be as severe as a whipping or even imprisonment!  Difficult to perform and be relaxed under these circumstances I would have thought…

Even back in those days though, the material might be somewhat controversial.  As long as they were funny and had the court laughing, it was not uncommon for jesters to include material that would poke fun at guests at court or even at the royal party themselves.  Often the material would be accompanied by physical humor, much like some of today’s performers.

As comedy evolved, the jester became less common and comedians then began to ply their trade in comedy plays.  Though sometimes in the theatres that began to emerge, more usually these plays were performed on the street trying to attract donations for food and lodgings much like buskers and street performers do today.

Since the modern age of TV and internet, we are now able to watch our favourite comedians in the comfort of our own homes at our own convenience.  Though in reality, the concept of standing up and making people laugh has changed little over the centuries.

Many comedians rely on the content and delivery of the written word to convey humour to the audience, but there are many examples of comedians who use physical comedy in their act as way of making you laugh.  In the more extreme, this can be with little or no words, with the humour derived from the exaggeration of physical comic elements of the stereotype or character being portrayed.  More subtly and perhaps more commonly, certain physical aspects will be included by the comedian to enhance a humorous element when setting the scene in their routine or to better engage with their audience.

Dane Cook

Dane has earned himself a reputation as one of today’s most prolific stand up comedians.  He has undertaken a wide variety of projects in recent years, not only in comedy but also as an actor.  He has delighted audiences with his combination of clever wordplay, witty observations of human behaviour, delivered in his charismatic style and energetic physical comedy.  His guy next door attitude has left him a favourite with audiences of all ages.

Dane’s big break came in 1998 when he appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend.  Since then he has toured including two record breaking appearances at Boston Garden, had numerous TV appearances, released a number of albums/DVD’s and spends several hours a day answering fans e-mails.  His boundless energy no doubt equipped him well when in 2007, Cook brook the Laugh Factory’s endurance record by performing for 3 hours and 50 minutes.  When this was broken only 5 days later by Dave Chapelle, Cook later broke the record again on January 1, 2008 by performing for a mammoth 7 hours.

Johnny Sanchez

Though raised in the San Joaquin Valley, California, Johnny is a third generation Mexican American and is considered one of America’s premier comedians.  His frenetic energy and characterisations matched with his unrivalled storytelling abilities have left him a club favourite across America.  Having started his career in the melting pot of Los Angeles, he long since discovered the art of captivating an audience of all ages and cultures and is considered not only a great comedian but a true performer.

As well as his regular club shows, Johnny has toured with Louie Anderson and Paul Rodriquez and has many TV appearances to his credit.  He also worked alongside Robin Williams and Elijah Wood when he undertook a voice part in the animated movie Happy Feet.

Stan Up Comedians Who Are Physical in Their Performances

Many comedians rely on the content and delivery of the written word to convey humour to the audience, but there are many examples of comedians who use physical comedy in their act as way of making you laugh.  In the more extreme, this can be with little or no words, with the humour derived from the exaggeration of physical comic elements of the stereotype or character being portrayed.  More subtly and perhaps more commonly, certain physical aspects will be included by the comedian to enhance a humorous element when setting the scene in their routine or to better engage with their audience.

Dane Cook

Dane has earned himself a reputation as one of today’s most prolific stand up comedians.  He has undertaken a wide variety of projects in recent years, not only in comedy but also as an actor.  He has delighted audiences with his combination of clever wordplay, witty observations of human behaviour, delivered in his charismatic style and energetic physical comedy.  His guy next door attitude has left him a favourite with audiences of all ages.

Dane’s big break came in 1998 when he appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend.  Since then he has toured including two record breaking appearances at Boston Garden, had numerous TV appearances, released a number of albums/DVD’s and spends several hours a day answering fans e-mails.  His boundless energy no doubt equipped him well when in 2007, Cook brook the Laugh Factory’s endurance record by performing for 3 hours and 50 minutes.  When this was broken only 5 days later by Dave Chapelle, Cook later broke the record again on January 1, 2008 by performing for a mammoth 7 hours.

Johnny Sanchez

Though raised in the San Joaquin Valley, California, Johnny is a third generation Mexican American and is considered one of America’s premier comedians.  His frenetic energy and characterisations matched with his unrivalled storytelling abilities have left him a club favourite across America.  Having started his career in the melting pot of Los Angeles, he long since discovered the art of captivating an audience of all ages and cultures and is considered not only a great comedian but a true performer.

As well as his regular club shows, Johnny has toured with Louie Anderson and Paul Rodriquez and has many TV appearances to his credit.  He also worked alongside Robin Williams and Elijah Wood when he undertook a voice part in the animated movie Happy Feet.

Tips to Perform At Comedy Clubs

Every comedian has received his begin with somewhere very certainly not where they’re at this time around. If you are looking at like a comedian, you need to begin by taking baby-steps, i.e. undertaking at small-time comedy clubs and begin building your title as being a stand-up comedian. However, to be capable of walk along the way in the stand-up comedian, you will need an toolbox of jokes along with the armor of humor, otherwise, you will not manage to succeed. For individuals who’ve already checked off both of these things within your list, then here’s the easiest method to come from your adventure.

Go to the Club

You have to go to the club by getting a wide open mic evening and obtain aquainted while using the club’s surroundings, specifically the crowd because they’re people you will be attempting to overcome. Every club allures different kind of crowd and that means you should think about various comics on stage and uncover the way a crowd responds for jokes. The kind of best jokes is dependent upon the elements. For example, dirty jokes perform most optimally on late evening crowd and/or possibly within an undercover bar, whereas clubs with Broadway designs or vibrant colors goes best with clean jokes, particularly when the crowd is large.

Write Your Material

Write 3-a few momemts of fabric over the crowd that you simply observed within the comedy club.

Book Your Appearance

When you are carried out with your writing, it’s the perfect time for this to reserve your looks across the open mic evening.

Polish Your Act

Your visit(s) for that club should’ve provided numerous things to include and omit out of your act across the open mic evening. Have a look at act numerous occasions to shine it.

Make certain that you just arrive at first the evening you perform and check off these items out of your list.

Find out about where and when they’ll “light” tell you happens the ended or almost over. You will notice single min or 30 second rule across the light, ensure that you realize it to actually can summary your act based on it.

Be cautious for your Sunshine

Look out for the light as well as the moment the simple truth is it, attempt to conclude your act. Don’t run the sun’s sun rays if you notice the sun’s sun rays should you be nearly to begin another bit, cut for that closer or simply say evening.

Perform!

Provide your very best self shot because this is what you have been awaiting. Don’t think that it’s small local club and it also doesn’t counts. Anything you do on stage can help you in a single way or other, so ensure that you perform your act to get affordable your skill.

Local Comedy Clubs

Call the area comedy clubs and request for that reservation clerk whether they have a clear mic evening. When they are going with an empty mic evening, inquire in order to register and exactly how the required time you’re making stage. Usually, time you get on stage by getting a wide open mic evening isn’t more than a few moments.

 

Best Jokes By Finesse Mitchell

Finesse Mitchell is one of those comedians who have had a funny life or you can say that they make it sound funny. It is mostly because of his keen observation of events across him and giving them a hilarious twist to make the crowd roll in their seats. There are a few stand up comedy videos of Finesse Mitchell on YouTube, but to get a taste of his real material, you’d have to rely on his jokes. So enjoy!

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The Younger The Mama

My mom had me when she was 15, so I know the younger the mama, the more jacked up your name will be.

Gangster Girlfriend

Baby, I’m on my way home, but I’m in front of a 7-Eleven right now. I’m about to rob it. You want a Slurpee or something?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, and a honey bun. Be careful.’

Visiting New York City

You can talk slow when you come up here, you can eat slow when you come up here, but please do not walk slow. Do not walk slow in New York City.

You Ever Been So Drunk…?

You ever been so drunk, you got pulled over by a cop, and before he could get out of his car, you just got out of your car and went and sat in the back of his car? ‘Oh my God! How did you know? I’m so glad you came to get me. Sir, I was about to kill a whole bunch of people, I promise you.’

Hurrying Up Your Girl

You want to say something real thuggish, but sexy at the same time. Alright? So this is what you do: take her by the neck, the neck area — just squeeze a little bit and say something like, ‘Girl, you so fine and sexy. You know you making us late. Now, hurry up. And I swear to God, if you ever leave me, I’ll f**king kill you.’ And then walk out of the bathroom.

Revolving Doors In New York City

Sometimes, I’m scared to come out of my house. I’m right down there on 42nd, and I got one of those revolving doors, and I see people walking so fast. I don’t walk that fast. And I’ll just be standing in the doorway, like a little girl, just watching people. Then I see a little opening come, so it’s like Double Dutch; I get excited.

Embarrassing Purchase

I bought a plunger the other day. You ever bought a plunger? It’s an embarrassing purchase. At first, you think it’s no big deal. Stand in the line, swinging it. And then you realize everybody knows; you got a situation at home. Nobody buys a plunger on a whim.