Stand up and be a comedian
For those of us who are able to see it, there is comedy around us all time. Whether it be from situations we observe in the places we visit to humorous characteristics of the people we meet, some people can see humor in just about everything. If you are one of these people, the one who will turn out a quick witted remark or make colleagues and friends laugh with your comedic turn of phrases, you may have already wondered once or twice whether you could take it further by performing as a stand up comedian.
Firstly, you probably appreciate it’s one thing to crack an occasional joke or make a funny remark and quite another to stand up in front of an audience and perform a set routine. The thought may even terrify you. Well, don’t be put off. All comedians started out like this, noticing they had a skill and talent for making people laugh and then honing their art to become skilled public performers.
More and more these days, budding stand up comedians are considering the option of attending comedy school classes. There are now a number of comedy schools available, meaning you should easily be able to find a suitable one near to you. A good comedy school will help train you in different techniques of delivering jokes, improve your communication skills and help give you confidence in your stage presence. These schools are not only used by novice stand ups to learn the basics, but sometimes used by more experience performers who hope to refine their art further.
You may decide the route of comedy school is not for you. In that case, what should you do next? Well two things are important. Good quality material and good stage presence. Even the best material will fail if not delivered in a way that engages the audience. Similarly, the laughs will come from the comedy of your material, so work on developing the quality of your material.
Practice, practice, practice and write, write, write is the key advice to a novice stand up. Practice makes perfect and by practicing, you will gain confidence and find your natural stage persona begin to emerge. Jot down any ideas you have as you observing the world and current events and later work on them to see if they expand into new material for your act.
The next step is get some ‘open mic’ experience. This will be your first experience of a live unbiased audience and may be the first step to success. Good luck!