By Dave Schwensen
This consultant to the realm of stand—up comedy, written in easy—to—use Q&A structure, offers present and strength comedians with the no—nonsense recommendation they want for each level in their careers. Schwensen's full of life publication good points interviews with a few of the best names in stand—up—Ray Romano, George Carlin, Christopher Titus, bizarre Al Yankovic, Margaret Cho—all sharing classes discovered alongside the way in which. extra interviews with membership proprietors, expertise executives, publicists, and others supply behind—the—scenes services.
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You’ll probably want to keep the material that worked relatively the same, but make changes to whatever bits might have brought you only blank stares and dead air. When you perform it over and over, you’ll ﬁnd the same laugh lines will be there because you’ll want that reaction every time. Keep in mind where the funny remarks, lines—or whatever it was that stirred your comic interests in the ﬁrst place—would ﬁt in, and deliver them at that time. How you get there is not important as long as the humor comes through and the laughter is heard.
I work it out more on stage. But the “greats,” I think, do it more off stage. George Carlin, for instance, will work off stage. He memorizes it before he gets there. ” And it’s true. If you repeat it a thousand times you’ll know it. And then you’ll have the freedom to go off of it, add to it, and edit it. I do a lot of that on stage and try to develop it over the course of performing it a bunch of times. I’ll go in with an outline on some things, and some things I want to be real speciﬁc about the wording I use, because I tend to use a lot of adjectives and run-on compound sentences.
Well, hang onto that thought also. The comedy lottery can also be a long shot, but it’s actually a very fair method of choosing who gets the coveted open mike and audition spots in the more popular clubs. When I managed The Original Improv in New York City, we scheduled auditions for the ﬁrst Sunday of every month. Since most comedians in the area dreamed of performing on the famous stage, it was not uncommon for the line of hopefuls waiting for their chance to stretch to the end of the block on West Forty-Fourth Street and around the corner along Ninth Avenue.