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How Do Stand-up Comedians Make a Living?

When you watch stand-up comedians live or on TV, you might think to yourself, “I could do that!” While the path to success as a comic is not easy, some people do manage to pull it off. As with any type of show business related career, you have to work your way up the ladder.

You will first have to perform for free. Most stand-up comedians start out doing open mics. These are held at local bars, coffee houses and clubs. You should Read the rest of this entry »

5 Worst Stand-up Comedians of All Time

It has never been a better time to be a fan of stand-up comedy, with all sorts of amazing comedians out right now. The flipside of this means there are some pretty terrible comedians out there that actually hurt to hear.

Movie deals & antacid promotions have given him a firm cultural foothold, but Daniel Whitney, better known as Larry the Cable Guy, is so unfunny that it seems most of the laughs he gets are primarily at the nearly unintelligible accent he affects to seemingly mock, but ultimately appeals Read the rest of this entry »

Why Do Some Stand-up Comedians Get Heckled?

Heckling can be rough, especially for new or insecure comedians. It might be a good idea to figure out why some people get heckled and some do not – especially if you want to avoid it yourself. If you really want to figure out why heckling happens, you probably want to look at one of three circumstances below.

The obvious, and probably the most common, reason that comedians get heckled is because their sets are not very good. If the audience is paying attention to a Read the rest of this entry »

Disadvantages of Being a Stand-up Comedian

Aside from the obvious risk of flying fruit and vegetables being aimed at your face, being a stand-up comedian has its ups and downs. While comedy may seem like a laugh riot for the audience, with many boasting about how easy it would be to make a career out of laughter, living up to the hype and pressure is not as easy as it may seem. Stand-up comedians make a living off of making other people laugh, and with so many different tastes in humor out there, and so many Read the rest of this entry »

Advantages of Being a Stand-up Comedian

When regular people are at work, I am sitting in a crowded cafe, hiding the fact that my laptop sitting on the table in front of me has been hibernating for the past hour. I’m using it as an excuse to observe people and gain inspiration for new material while not looking as creepy. One of the perks of the job is freedom to do anything I want and go anywhere I like as long as I make people laugh, which is something that comes naturally. Naturally, of course, is a term I use loosely because I still have to Read the rest of this entry »

What Skills Are Required to Be a Stand-up Comedian?

It seems effortless, doesn’t it, when we tune in to watch comedians on television? The ease with which the half hour slips away while we grin, giggle, is only part of the story. The variety of skills necessary to pull off a career in standup is astounding.

You must be able to write your own material. Creativity is key here. The ability to communicate your point effectively is one of the more obvious talents needed, but you must also understand the need to adapt and adjust depending on the Read the rest of this entry »

What to Do if Someone is Heckling You

It never fails. Mix one part alcohol, one part comedy club, and one part drunk guy trying to impress his friends. And you get a Heckler. Comedians new to stand up get pounced upon by hecklers like lions, zeroing in on the slowest antelope in the herd. They smell blood, lure the weak one out and destroy him. But, if you understand the Heckler, and heckling as a whole it can be used for your benefit, and make your act even funnier.

First off, Hecklers heckle for one reason, attention. Don’t judge them for that, after all you’re the Read the rest of this entry »

You Want to be a Comedian?

You think you wanna be a comedian, huh? It’s a tough life full of hotel rooms and bombed shows and it’s not easy money like you might imagine. Before you waste a lot of timing looking for jokes on your Wild Blue Deals internet you should try a few of our suggestions for wannabe comedians first:
Hit an Amateur Night – If you really think you’ve got what it takes put together a 7-10 minute show and hit an amateur night in town. Read the rest of this entry »

Where to Catch the Best Stand-up Comedy Shows

The best cities for top comedy clubs are Los Angeles and New York City. In both cities, one will find comedic acts that touch on city conditions, politics, and religious issues. Many new comedians flock to large cities to get their start, so new cities offer comedic acts that are also fresh and edgy.

The best comedy club in New York City is the Comedy Cellar. Many established comedians go to the Comedy Cellar to try out Read the rest of this entry »

Want to Become a Stand-up Comedian? Learn These Skills

More people in history want to be a stand-up comedian who haven’t a comedic bone in their bodies. There are ways to be one, though, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to get it done. All it takes is someone who wants to be noticed, being funny.

Take the best comedians in the country, for example. They say the simplest things all the time and get paid doing it. Instead of reaching for uncharted territory, a good comedian will say the first thing that comes to their mind that makes the slightest bit of Read the rest of this entry »