LPM - Your Comedy Mileage May Vary

It takes a lot of effort to make an audience consistently laugh.

The effort to make an audience laugh is something that can't be overlooked. It takes a lot of research, crafting, and creativity in order to make the audience consistently laugh. And it's not just about constantly being funny - there are also jokes that are meant to elicit other emotions, like empathy or sadness.

Comedians sometimes spend hours writing a joke, then re-writing it, then re-writing it again, then performing it over and over, refining that performance until it gets a consistent result.

The more you understand about what makes people laugh, the better your jokes will be. A good comedian knows how to tell a good story and how to make their audience laugh within the first few lines. Comedians think about what they want their audience to feel and they create an experience for them.

That's just for one joke.

The most important thing to remember is that there's a lot of effort that goes into making an audience laugh. It takes a lot of creativity and research. The comedian has to really think about what will be funny and how they're going to deliver the joke so it comes off as natural. They also have to take into consideration how many laughs they can get per minute. Which means they need to know what type of comedy they're doing, the audience, and the environment in which they'll be performing.

To be a professional stand-up you need a set that consistently gets 4 - 6 laughs per minute (LPM.)

The comedian needs to think about what jokes will work well for their stand-up set. They should have 4 to 6 laughs per minute (LPM) and be able to keep this pace for as long as possible. What's the best way of producing those laughs? Well, it takes a lot of experimentation and testing out different jokes until you find what works for you.

That's why it takes years to become a top headliner.

In order to become a top headliner, you must have a lot of experience in the industry. Unfortunately, this is not something that can be learned from reading books or watching lectures. It requires at least 5-10 years of working your way up through the ranks and learning through trial and error.

Review recordings of your sets (you should be recording every set no matter how short or where you're doing it) and track how many laughs you're getting a minute.

Chances are it's less than you think. Do not be afraid to review your videos, they are the only way to see your progress - if it doesn't feel good then revisit the video and analyze what went wrong. I’ve found that this helps me to be more self-aware about how my act is perceived by the public and it also gives me ideas about how to improve in the future.

Using LPM is an excellent tool to use to measure your effectiveness as a stand up.

Laugh per minute is not just for stand up comedy, though. It can be used to test any joke that you come up with, whether its part of your stand-up act or just something funny that happened in your day.  A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of telling jokes. But, with LPM, you can find out how good your jokes are before you even bother to share them.

The laughter does not lie.

The laughs are the best measure of a joke's worth. The more people laugh the better the joke is. When it comes to jokes, there are no objective rules of measurement, but most comedians use laughs per minute as an indicator of how funny a joke is.

The good news is you can always improve your laughs per minute by working on your material and performance.

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.

Keep adding jokes. You'll get that LPM up to speed before you know it.

The most important thing about jokes is that they should be funny. Measuring your laughs per minute is a great way to assure that your jokes are.


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2 thoughts on “Laughs Per Minute

  1. I think all my audiences are in too much awe to laugh while I’m performing. Or they are showing a senior citizen respect, but I get claps and laughs at the end. And it never fails that at least one or two people come up to me after a show and say OMG, Cathy you are so funny, or I learned so much. LOL

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