The Problem With Trying To “Find” Stand-up Comedy Topics

There is an interesting thing that happens when a person makes the decision to take a stab at stand-up comedy – specifically, this nagging question seems to pop up:

How do I find funny stand-up comedy topics to write jokes about?

I have firsthand experience with this and it was only after I developed my system for developing stand-up comedy material that I fully understood where the disconnect was when it came to trying to “figure out” what to talk about on stage.

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Unfortunately, the learning curve to start and maintain any sort of “traditional” internet business enterprise is pretty darn steep, time intensive, potentially costly and can take a long time to make any real headway in the making moola category.

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Why Most Stand-up Comedy Material Doesn’t Read Funny On Paper

Sometimes I get into spirited discussions with comedians at all levels when I say that most stand-up comedy material doesn’t read funny on paper.

Just to be clear, some stand-up comedy material will read funny on paper. It will always be that way, just by its very nature.

But one of the big traps that many comedians fall into is assuming that all of their stand-up comedy material must “read” funny before it will work on the stand-up comedy stage.

That is false and here’s why that's important to know:

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