I was recently witness to two comics arguing in an online group over how to “get good” as a comic and they came from two camps
2 – Quality: “Do the best shows you can, with good audiences so you can work out the kinks as you go”
It was an interesting debate to witness, albeit a frivolous one. Cause here’s the thing: They’re both right. Both tactics are useful and viable but not necessarily for everyone.
I like to say that doing comedy is like trying to learn guitar without owning one when you can only practice for 5 minutes at a time at guitar center… matter of fact, here’s a meme of me saying that:
Are you getting on stages where you’re getting good feedback that helps you get the feedback you need to tweek your material? Seinfeld talks about the importance of refinish and polishing and “nit-picking” his material, and that is what I realized from getting on stage so frequently in such a short amount of time.
Simply getting on the stage is not enough….
You have to make the most of that stage time. You need to record your sets and listen back to them and see what is getting the laughs and where you can enhance them.
But here are some other variables…
Some folks write everything out and then memorize it, but I tend just write bullet points and riff it out on stage until I get it right – it’s never really that simple, but I’ll get more into that another time…
When I started there was really only one place to get up and it was always good, but by the time I got serious there were 4 or 5 places and on average they were hit or miss, now that I live in NYC I can get up 5 times a night if I plan it right, but some of those times I’ll just be talking to 4 other comics who don’t care, while other times I’ll have a packed room of folks giving me all their attention.
It’s just the facts, some people can read the phone book and get a laugh, but that doesn’t always mean they know how to write a good joke.
Some folks have a brain wired for jokes.
yet another fact. There are folks that can just lay out a concept very easily and it crushes… but these people sometimes don’t know how to repeat such a performance.
The point I’m really trying to make…
is that both schools of thought are correct. You should try to get on stage as often as you can and when possible it should be at mics and shows with a good crowd that will give you reactions, but failing that, you should just be getting up to practice being on stage.
Either way though, you need to be WORKING ON YOUR MATERIAL ALONG THE WAY
So Now You’re Wondering…
I can do one-on-one reviews and sessions for single bits or full sets and I’m developing a program for a multi-week online workshop.
The best part is I always start with a free consultation, so if you want to get started, then shoot me a message via that facebook page and we can start working together.