Stage Fright, Stolen Jokes, Getting Paid
On this “After School Special” I take questions from a handful of students (along with a spouse of a student) about comedy.
Matt asks about the best way to get a joke out of your notebook and on to the stage. And, he also asks how many jokes I’ve written since I began stand-up comedy? I tackle those questions and if you want to know more you can listen to STAND UP COMEDY FIRST STEPS [EP. 144] for more tips!
Chris wants to know when should a comedian expect to start making some money? The real answer is “how soon can you develop 15-20 solid minutes?” Along with the answers on this podcast you might be interested in listening to HOW DO I GET PAID TO DO COMEDY? [EP. 015] and PAID WORK AT A COMEDY CLUB – AM I READY? [EP. 014] .
Sheila asks about ways to overcome the fear of performing. Stage fright is the product of fear. Some fear is rational. Other fear … totally ridiculous! Listen in for the answer. If you would like even more tips, you might like OVERCOMING STAGE FRIGHT [EP. 054] .
How do you protect your material from being stolen?, asks Dave. It’s a great question. We’ve tackled it before in JOKE THIEVES – STOLEN LAUGHTER [EP. 031] if you would like a deeper answer.
And Chris’ wife asks for tips on how to be a supportive spouse. I think this is great! How awesome it is for Chris to have the support of his wife as he pursues a dream. We discuss the role of support here. And for a wider look at the topic, you may like STARTING COMEDY LATE IN LIFE [EP. 108] and COMEDY CAREER-HOME LIFE BALANCE [EP. 013] .
Other Q & A Podcast Episodes
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This episode is brought to you by Patreon supporter KATIE SHAFER and CLUB 52.
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