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WOYI - Write Out Your Intro

This article will provide you some tips on how to create a fantastic stand-up comedy introduction, whether you're just starting out as a stand-up comedian or on old pro.

Write out your intro on an index card.

While you might think it's obvious to have a stand-up comedy intro written on an index card, it's not. In fact, I've known a number of comedians who have lost or misplaced their cards and had to get new ones. Once you get a good introduction, it's important to keep it on hand, in the event it gets stolen or misplaced.

Make it a habit to carry an index card with your introduction written on it when you are performing.

It should be neatly printed in in large lettering and include your name (along with its phonetic spelling if your name is uncommon or hard to pronounce), one or two recent
notable credits, and any special information that you would like said to help set up your act and or persona.

The card might look like this:

Betty Porcina [POR CHEE NA]
She's been seen on Comedy Central and recently headlined the Newark Comedy Festival.
Please welcome the world's funniest hairdresser, Betty Porcin


Give a copy of the card to the host before the show and make sure to go over the details with them, especially the pronunciation of your name.

It’s now time to put your stand-up comedy intro on an index card and memorize it. This is a great way to make sure that you hit all the details, since many people don’t get the opportunity to rehearse a stand-up set in advance. Some people are lucky enough to get a little more time to prepare, but that is not the norm. So, be sure the details are nailed down before you show up at the club or auditorium.

It's not as hard as you might think.

The process of starting your own open mic is actually quite simple. Essentially, all you need to do is to have an open mic night at your venue, and then make your own schedule for who you want to perform.

Follow these suggestions and you will be highly regarded for behaving professionally.

In summary, it is important to follow these suggestions when writing an introduction to doing stand-up comedy. The nature of stand-up comedy is that an introduction that is too long or irrelevant, is more likely to be forgotten than one that is short and helpful. Write an introduction that is short, to the point, and helps your performance.


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