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7 Simple Steps To Get Started In Standup Comedy
Written by Jack McAllister on May. 29th 2022
Standup comedy can be really fun, but it can also be daunting when you are first getting started. In this article, we'll show you seven simple steps you can take to get started in this exciting and unique form of entertainment.

1. Identify your standup comedy style.

Comedy is a very subjective art form. What one person finds funny, another person might not. To be successful in standup comedy, you must find your own comedic style.

There are several ways to do this. One way is to watch and analyse comedian performances. This will help you to understand what makes them tick and how they go about delivering their jokes.

Another way to find your comedic style is to write and perform some material on your own. This will help you to develop a unique voice and style.

Once you have identified your comedic style, it is important to practice it as often as possible. This will help you to refine your delivery and improve your comedy skills.

2. Make a comedy routine

There are a few simple steps that you need to take in order to get started in standup comedy.
First, you need to make a comedy routine. This can be done by writing down your ideas and then performing them onstage.

Similar to a book, you have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

The most important parts of your set are the beginning and the end of your routine. This is what the audience will remember. 

It depends on what type of style you're going for, one of the more common forms of comedy is storytelling. If you're storytelling it's ideal if your routine has a central theme where the jokes flow into the next.

Focus on writing what you find funny, don't write what others may think is funny. The audience wants to be told what you think and why you think it.

You can learn more about writing material for a routine here.

3. Find comedy clubs in your area

Now more than ever, comedy clubs and venues are popping up all over the place, so finding one that is right for you shouldn't be too difficult. To start, you can search online via google or social media. You can also try calling comedy clubs and asking if they have any open spots or if they know anywhere else that does.
You can learn more on finding comedy clubs in your area here

Once you find a club that's right for you, make sure to visit it at least once to see if it's the right place for you. If it is, make an appointment and go see some shows. If you don't like the vibe of the club, don't waste your time and go somewhere else.

Once you find a comedy club near you, go check it out. Sit at the back of the room and learn what comedians are doing.

Understand what works for them and more importantly why it works. Most comedians will be open to having a chat after the gig.

4. Develop your material

Now you are getting started in standup comedy and you have started to develop a routine, you need to work on it and the only way you can truly do this is by testing it out in front of a live audience. 

There are a few different ways to do this. You can watch standup comedians on TV or YouTube, listen to their jokes online, or read about the history of standup comedy.

The more you know about it, the better your chances of being successful when you start performing.

Learn more on writing comedy material here

5. Get booked on open mics

Once you have some material together and you're ready to start standup comedy, the first step is to get booked on open mics. Open mics are a great way to get started because they are low-pressure venues. You don't have to worry about meeting any expectations, and you can just go out and have fun.
To get booked on an open mic, you first need to find a club that hosts them. Then, you need to find someone who books the open mic. Once you have found a club and booked the open mic, the next step is to prepare for your performance.

Book an open mic as soon as possible. The chances are you will most likely bomb on stage, but it's the best feeling in the world when you land a joke that you came up with yourself.

Remember: Every comedian since the start of time has bombed on stage before. You won't be the first and you won't be the last.

6. Keep practicing

7. Take comedy classes

If you're interested in Standup Comedy and you need more help, you could consider taking a comedy course. This will help you develop your skills and learn how to put on a performance. 

Writing comedy is one aspect to standup comedy, but knowing how to perform on stage, what to do when you get there and knowing techniques will save you years!

If you are just getting started in comedy, you want to look for an all-around course that covers everything from explaining a joke to finding your first gig. 

Check out they have a standup comedy crash course for beginners which is self-paced and really easy to follow. Highly recommend checking it out.

About Author: John McAllister

From plasterer to CEO and Founder of Comedy Lounge. Johnny put everything on the line to open his own comedy club and has since turned it into one of the best clubs in the world for performing standup comedy.

Over his 20+ years in the industry, he has been a comedian, a booker, and a club owner. Johnny has watched and analysed thousands of comedians perform on stage and from that he knows exactly what makes or breaks a comedian. 

He has been responsible for hundreds if not thousands of comedians taking their first step in standup comedy.


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