Comedy Open Mic: Going Last SUCKS

I got an email from someone who got on stage for their first comedy open mic and here’s what they wrote in their email to me:

Steve,

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:

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...