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Becoming a Comedian

Josh Blue, Winner of Last Comic Standing
Courtesy of Crystal Allen

Do people call you funny or laugh at all your jokes? Being naturally funny is an essential part of becoming a comedian. Not just anyone can make an audience erupt with laughter by their wit and snappy remarks. That’s what makes comedians so special.

But that doesn’t mean that funny people have it made. Stars like Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler and Ellen Degeneres didn’t become instant names on the Hollywood A-List just because they could tell a few jokes. They all had to start somewhere and build a following.


Qualities You Need

  • Naturally funny
  • Stage Confidence
  • Good memorization skills
  • Thick skin
  • Modesty (this job isn’t a cakewalk)
  • No desire to be rich

  • Take Classes

    Training is valuable in any career. And comedy is no exception. Take improv acting classes and public speaking classes to help you become comfortable speaking on stage without a script. Confidence is essential in a comedian. Nervous behavior like fidgeting, shaking or stuttering will distract your audience from your humor.


    Keep Notes

    A comedian’s job is similar to that of a writer’s: you’re constantly searching the world for new material and ideas. For that reason, you should always keep a notebook nearby. Ideas will strike when you least expect them.


    Study Successful Comedians

    Look at some of the most successful comedians—stars like Chris Rock, or stand-up gurus like Russell Peters—and research their career. Did they start out doing open mic nights? Listen to their humor and their delivery, and develop your own unique style. Do you do list jokes? Comparison jokes? Imitations?


    The Paycheck

    Typically, comedians aren’t in it for the money. The average comedian income in the US is approximately $30,000 per year. Of course this all depends on your experience, location, number of gigs and fan base.


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    The Mighty Ra_2013871
    This article is poorly written, none of the 'Qualities You Need' are even qualities you need.
    commented: Thu Dec 13, 2012

    KittiesLOVESYOU
    Im not really a comedian but my aunt is that make her cool Big Grin smile
    commented: Wed Dec 12, 2012

    RedBloodLove13
    Haha my friends say im really funny!! : D
    commented: Wed Dec 12, 2012

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