Write Thank You Notes

In all the hustle and bustle of making the rounds to perform at comedy shows, it is easy to forget that the people that make it possible for you to do what you love are often forgotten. As long as your shows are successful and you have a healthy following on social media, I’m sure your producers will be happy to hear from you with a quick thank you note. But if you really want to let them know that you appreciate what they and the other people involved did for you, it’s important to write them a letter.

Push It Good

Stand up comedy is a tough game: even the most talented, well-polished comics are likely to get heckled, booed, and mocked by a room full of people far more jaded and cynical than they are. As a result, it’s easy to get discouraged and quit quickly. But you’re not alone: some of your fellow comics are just as bad off. They’re suffering from the same “pushing it” problem that plagues the rest of us. Strive daily to get better and things will “magically” happen.

Don’t Be Too Wordy

Brevity is the soul of wit. This quote by Shakespeare has been reiterated throughout history. It provides a timeless lesson on how to be concise in your writing. Brevity allows us to write more clearly and succinctly, which is necessary when we are trying to write jokes or comedy scripts. Brevity also helps creative writers with creating artful work that will live on for generations to come.

Laughs Per Minute

Professional comics are always looking for ways to sharpen their skills. Sometimes they do it by reading up on the latest trends in comedy, or they get feedback from other comedians. But the best comics are constantly testing out jokes on audiences to gauge reactions. One of the most common ways to get feedback is through a laugh test. This means telling a joke to an audience and measuring how many people laughed out loud at it, allowing the comedian to figure out if he or she has found a successful joke or not.