Developing and delivering a high level stand-up comedy routine takes effort and skill. But the speed at which a comedian progresses can be greatly influenced by the tools they use for performance improvement.
There are three valuable tools available to comedians to improve their performances: a video recording device, a stopwatch and Comedy Evaluator Pro. My comments follow this related video:
Here’s a synopsis of the tools comedians should be using:
One of the questions that many comedians who want to be considered for paid work ask is "How do I find a comedy agent or talent booker?"
In more cases than not, it will be the comedy agent, talent booker or other talent professional that approaches the comedian based on their performance ability (more so in the beginning of a comedian's career).
So it seems prudent for a comedian to know what talent professionals look at when considering a comedian for a paid gig:
To recap the information provided in the video along with some additional information, here are the basic but most important aspects that comedy agents and talent bookers look for when considering a comedian for paid gigs:
As far as structure goes, there are two basic types of stand-up comedy material: the one-line, two line joke and the story or topic based jokes.
Before I get into a discussion about the advantages of story or topic based jokes, it is important to realize that the number of punchlines delivered each minute for a high impact stand-up comedy routine remains the same no matter what stand-up comedy material structure a comedian uses.
Here are some advantages of developing and delivering topic based or story-type stand-up comedy material: