Writing Stand-up Comedy Material Involves More Than Just "Writing"

One of the major roadblocks most comedians have involves the perception of the terminology used to describe the process of producing stand-up comedy material.

Specifically, I am talking about the term “writing stand-up comedy material”.

Here are some reasons why I say that the perception that seems to be associated with writing stand-up comedy material can often a roadblock:

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We are trained from a very early age to write in a way that is usually quite a bit different from the way we actually speak and communicate verbally.

Comedian Teams Can Have Some Significant Advantages

One of the things that I suspect will become more and more prevalent is comedians working together as a performance team.

The reason that I say that is fairly simple:

Usually it takes a fair amount of time to develop a stand-alone 45-60 minute headliner level stand-up comedy routine.

It is at this level that any individual comedian has the most “marketable” (and salable) comedy entertainment product they can produce – and one for which they can get paid the most for.

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That’s why there are some significant advantages when it comes to working with a team of comedians.

Let me explain why I say that...

Getting Started As A Comedian Is Different For Everyone

Some people who are looking to jump into stand-up comedy may be under the impression that getting started as a comedian is the same for everyone.

Well, that’s not exactly correct.

While most people start out at comedy club open mic nights, those are not the only avenues that get folks into the stand-up comedy game, nor is it exactly the same depending upon where someone lives.

Let me give you some examples of what I am referring to: