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Overcoming Stage Fright

It’s been said the number one fear is public speaking. If that’s true, then speaking and being expected to be funny must take that notion and multiply it by 1000x. For some it’s simply a fear of looking stupid or saying something dumb. Hey, guess what – that’s comedy! For others, though, it’s an actual fear of having a panic attack in front of people.

Whether you are worried about looking like a fool or truly going into anxiety, these tips should help you immediately! Successful comedians learn to either overcome this fear or to manage it.


We break the discussion into three parts,

  1. The week(s) before the show
  2. The day of the show
  3. The moments on stage

Specifically, we talk about:

  • Two simple techniques for removing all the pressure from the performance
  • What to do if you “go blank”
  • A tip from Ricky Gervais
  • Physical preparation
  • A tool for envisioning success
  • How looking at the big picture can make the show seem small
  • An approach to give you some “breathing room” onstage
  • How to gain confidence before you hit the stage
  • What the crowd can’t do (that you can)
  • The value of a pre-show “ritual”
  • “Ironing” out the kinks
  • What to expect during the show
  • How to be objective
  • When to “go with the flow”
  • Three “S” words that I utilize before every show
  • How to actually ENJOY the show

And much, much more!


What are some techniques that you use to relax and overcome stage fright? Let us know. We will share them with our listeners.



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  • Fix a Joke

In the new year (which starts for us on July 4) we want to help as many comics as possible. If you have a short joke (100 words or less) that you would like some feedback on please send it in! You can email the joke written out or send us an audio clip, or even a link to a YouTube video. We will get it on the show and get feedback for you, give out your web site and / or twitter handle to help you get your name out there. Our show is PG so please take that into consideration when selecting a joke.


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