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 sense.
The skills to becoming a good stand-up comedian start with the bathroom mirror – now if you can please that them, you can please anybody. Try some of your lines with the family, the neighbors, the postman, or your teachers; well, some of your teacher. A good stand-up comedian also should be a good comedic writer, or get their material from a good comedic writer. They should at least try it out to see if it works on someone. If the audience stands up and cheers, you got them somewhere. If they laugh out loud, they’ll pay their tab and be happy about it.
Be reasonable, write from the phone book, model plane ads, or toy store displays and you can’t go wrong. These days being witty and political is the key. Everyone is into politics and music, so be sparse with one and on point with the other. Above all, have a good time!