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How To Be a Stand-Up Comedian

Watch more How to Pick a Career videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to be a stand-up comedian and make 'em laugh with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Write original material Write original material for your routine. Whenever inspiration strikes, write it down immediately. Then, take time to polish your jokes into a linear, comedic narrative. Tip If you have funny friends, enlist them to help with jokes or give you an opinion on your material. Step 2: Develop act Develop your act by rehearsing your material and finding an original voice. Study successful comedians for tips on delivery, timing, and attitude. Angry, zany, laid-back, deadpan -- however you deliver your act, be true to yourself. Tip Have plenty of backup material ready in case your act bombs. Step 3: Get on stage Get on stage often. It's critical for a stand-up to practice before an audience as much as possible. Sign up for open-mic nights at comedy clubs, nightclubs, and coffeehouses. Travel to other areas to see how different audiences react. Step 4: Read the audience Read the audience. If you're not getting laughs, shift gears. Be prepared to stray from your material and improvise to mine comedy from spontaneous situations, and defuse hecklers. Step 5: Tape your set Record your set when you have it down, and make a DVD. Professional comics send these to comedy clubs around the country as a way to audition for a booking. Step 6: Show respect Show respect to fellow comedians and club owners. Comedy is a small world and many clubs are family-owned. Staying in good graces is crucial if you want to continue to work. Step 7: Have a mentor Have one or more seasoned comics as a mentor. Most professional comics learned a lot about the business from hanging out with older comics, and listening to their words of wisdom. Did You Know? Film comedy impresario Judd Apatow spent eight years as a stand-up comedian before becoming a television comedy writer.
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