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I want to start doing stand up. I know I'm funny enough to make the material, but I don't know where to start, how anything really works or how the pay is. Has anyone ever done it? Have any info?
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Your first 5 times will suck no matter what. It's a fact.
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#5
I don't really know.

Though, being a stand up fan I do know that YOU have to make the jokes funny. You may come up with funny material, but you have to sell it. I recommend watching the stage presence, facial expressions and all of that by many great stand up comedians. Other than that, I have no other advice. It isn't as easy as it seems. Believe me, I've tried. (Then again, I was in school)
#6
watch michael mcintyre and lee evans on youtube.


shining examples of stand up comedy. also, Frankie boyle is a raw-up, miserable scottish bastard who is really funny.

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#8
Coming from someone with absolutely ZERO stand up experience:

It's not the jokes that make people laugh, it's how you present them.
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#10
I've noticed that stand up comedy is one area where the most talented people achieve the most success, therefore if you have the material sorted, which you seem to think you do, then it will be easier to start getting noticed than it would in music for example.

I've not had any first hand experience with this, but if I was in your situation, I would simply go to comedy clubs, pubs or clubs and ask to perform there, to be honest

As far as coming up with material, once you come up with some jokes/routines, try them out on friends/family by slipping them into conversation and see what reaction they get. I do this quite a lot, just for fun at the moment but I would love to try stand up some day
#11
If you are Australian, you HAVE to play that "I am cute, woe is me, im not really that good at anything" angle. Its what they all do, and any Australian commedian who doesnt, is doomed to failure.

**** I hate Australia.
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#12
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Your first 5 times will suck no matter what. It's a fact.


This. Normally more than the first 5 actually. If you stick at it it will get easier. Talk about stuff you're comfortable with and actually think about a lot, so it makes it easier to improvise if you have a mind blank
#13
All those funny stories you tell to your mates - Don't use them. Nobody else gets the context.
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#14
Just end every sentence with, "Am I right?" and you'll be a hit.
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If you are Australian, you HAVE to play that "I am cute, woe is me, im not really that good at anything" angle. Its what they all do, and any Australian commedian who doesnt, is doomed to failure.

**** I hate Australia.

Give me some examples of Australian comedians who do that.
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Just end every sentence with, "Am I right?" and you'll be a hit.

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#19
I don't think I'm funny, I know for a fact that people think I'm funny. People have even told me I'm the funniest person they've ever known, but I wouldn't want to do stand up. To much pressure I think. I'd start stressing out too much.
#20
Start by yelling "(insert controversial word here)" and follow it with "now that I have your attention." and then go ahead getting angry about issues by relating them to ridiculously exaggerated 'true' stories that 'really happened' that could be found humorous.

Thank me later.

Then again, I don't really write stand-up comedy for political and moral reasons.
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I was just kidding.
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Apparently it's not a career that you nor I should pursue.
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Okay I got one for you, just work it in somewhere,

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#32
in my opinion stand up is for fallen kind of people who dropped out of school but don't want to go to army in order to pay for porno subscriptions, gas and KFC...
#33
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in my opinion stand up is for fallen kind of people who dropped out of school but don't want to go to army in order to pay for porno subscriptions, gas and KFC...

Well actully stand-up is for the funny people realli coz not every high school drop out is funny are they?
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#35
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watch michael mcintyre and lee evans on youtube.


shining examples of stand up comedy. also, Frankie boyle is a raw-up, miserable scottish bastard who is really funny.

Oh god, not Lee Evans.

Look up Paul Merton: The Series on Youtube, and watch what he does there.

Not being a comedian I'd have no idea where to start, but I guess just watch the news, watch films, that sort of thing, and if you notice yourself making an observation that could be funny, remember it and try fleshing it out. You know that thing comedians do, where they make an observation and then act out some kind of absurd scenario related to it? Do that, and shit.
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#36
if you F uck up people normally laugh at you anyway ... its a win/win with stand up comedy
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#39
I know I'm funny enough to make the material



Instant wrong attitude.


Doing observational will get you cheap laughs but people who know comedy will dislike you. Try character, thats more easily refined.


The easiest route into it is to do a student comedy night, an open mic night or something. If you wanna jump in at the deep end go to a proper comedy club and get an opening set.


People will heckle you. If you want a calm entrance, then ask about for nice accomodating comedy nights in your area with few drunk business types.


Dont give up, unless your shit. Then give up and save us another McIntyre.
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