I remember my first open mic performance in 1992 at the Comedy Store in La Jolla, CA. I went on last and there were only 3 audience members left.
I left the stage with the thought that developing even just a few minutes of stand-up comedy material that worked was an overwhelming task.
That prompted me to get every stand-up book available at the time and take workshops on how to do stand-up comedy.
I wrote jokes and more jokes. I tried to learn joke formulas and apply them to my stand-up comedy material (to me, this was like trying to learn advanced calculus).
And when all was said and done, I made little progress from the massive amount study and work I put into developing my first few minutes of stand-up comedy material.
I performed at an open mic last night. It didn’t go as planned.
It was my first time performing at an open mic. Of course as luck would have it I ended up going last.
I had the energy but not the responses from the jokes that I had written down.
I could totally use some help and advice.
Here’s my response:
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:
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.