By Paul Schissler
If you’re funny, you’re funny; but trust me, it’s extremely helpful to have veteran comedians guide you and teach you how to harness your funny bone.
So, sign up for a few comedy classes. Don’t be afraid to break out of your comfort zone or comedic interests. Take some stand up classes, like at the Manhattan Comedy School; but also take some improv classes at a renowned place like the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. It will only benefit you to learn different forms of comedy, and it also might help you find out what you enjoy more and for what your talents are best suited.
The only way you can become a master of comedy is to practice your material and watch others perform. If you really love stand up, then go to stand up shows every week to familiarize yourself with other comedians’ styles and how they interact with the crowd – you might learn something from them. If you’re interested in improv and sketch comedy, go to an improv show every week (go a few times a week if your budget and time permits).
Making comedy shows a weekly part of your schedule will help you stay focused on pushing yourself to the next level in your own career and will make you a lot more comfortable with the business. Watch shows, watch shows, and watch more shows.
I find that the funniest comedians are those who I trust. What I mean is that I trust their ability to make me laugh – they’re reputable. They have confidence, which makes me have confidence in them. I’m not constantly anticipating them to mess up or break into a nervous fit. You have to gain people’s trust for them to believe that you’re funny, so it’s important to show confidence when you’re on stage to let everyone know that you’re in control. When I don’t feel confident on stage, sometimes I have to convince myself that I am confident, or at the very least act like I’m confident.
Things to put on your comedic to-do list:
- Practice in front of the mirror
- Practice jokes in front of your friends
- Record yourself and analyze the video
- Write, rewrite, edit, practice, rewrite, practice, rewrite, practice
- Open mic
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Paul Schissler began at the Campus Clipper in 2012 as a recent graduate with a degree in English and Creative Writing. As a thriving and eager publishing intern looking to make a name for himself in New York City, Paul was not only able to learn the ins and outs of publishing, blogging, social media, student savings, and student discounts in New York, but he was able to walk away with his own E-Book filled with his thoughts and advice on his number one passion project: comedy. The Campus Clipper not only helped Paul learn new skills, make money, and create this amazing E-Book, but gave him a platform to teach others. Follow each new blog post to read a chapter of Paul’s book and to learn how the Campus Clipper can help you follow your dreams!
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