Mastering Stand-Up: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian by Stephen RosenfieldThis entertaining and sharply written guide—for both beginners breaking into comedy and professionals seeking to improve their sets and advance their careers—examines the work of great comedians such as Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Izzard, Moms Mabley, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Richard Pryor, and more as a means of illustrating the most important techniques of performing and writing stand-up.
Here, Stephen Rosenfield lays out a clear plan for achieving success, candidly explaining what works, what doesn’t, and why. Including a 12-item “Successful Comedian’s To-Do List,” Rosenfield states, “Get undeniably good at each of these and you can kiss your day job good-bye. You will be a pro.”
The New York Times heralded Stephen Rosenfield as “probably the best known comedy teacher in the country.” His alumni include some of today’s most prominent comedians and comedy writers, such as Lena Dunham, Jim Gaffigan, Eric Slovin, and Jessica Kirson. Rosenfield has directed, coached, and/or written for these and hundreds of other comedians. As a pioneer in the field of teaching comedy, he founded the American Comedy Institute, the premier stand-up comedy school in the United States, in 1989.
Kevin Hart's 3 Secrets To Hilarious Storytelling
In this article I want to discuss originality and creativity in stand-up comedy and how that creativity can expand your fan base and help you become a more successful comedian. Both creativity and originality are severely underrepresented in stand-up comedy training, comedy classes, and especially books on how to write comedy.
Breaking Into Stand-Up: 10 Tips for Beginner Comedians
Welcome to Standup Comedy , where we break down with the help of some seasoned pros and industry experts how to get started. The essential gesture of the comedian is the shrug. This is the truth, the comic metaphor for our lives. The art of comedy is the art of hope. If that sounds like your kind of happy, read on. The answer to this one is easy but, as is often the case, easier said than done. That will require you to start writing your own material, for one.
Why Originality Is Important To Become a Successful Comedian
Starting out in stand-up comedy can be overwhelming and a little scary. Before you freak out, check out this helpful list of tips on improving your act and getting over failure for new and struggling stand-up comedians. No amount of helpful tips or discussion can take the place of experience, and that's pretty much all that counts when it comes to stand-up. It's a true "learn-by-doing" art form, and you won't know what works and what doesn't until you've gotten on stage in front of an audience. The more chances you have to perform, the more you'll be able to learn. Many comedians perform multiple times a night in the early years, hopping from club to club or open mic to open mic. There is no substitute for stage time in comedy, so make sure you're getting lots of it.
Work on your delivery, comic timing, and onstage persona. You can start out by performing at weekly open-mics, which generally provide a friendly audience. To get started in standup comedy, develop 20—30 great jokes and organize them into a coherent structure to create a routine. Remember to lead and close with your best material and choose a performance style that suits your jokes and personality! Then, look for open mic nights at local comedy clubs and coffee shops so you can get used to performing in front of people. When you feel ready, start looking for openings at comedy festivals and venues!