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Becoming a Comedian

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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    drowning
    drowning posted in Family Issues:
    @rainbowpoptart  When I originally talked to my father, I was given the opportunity of good timing to bring it up. Luckily, there was no anger like I was partially expecting and I remained calm, which I definitely wasn't expecting. My fathers main concern was just worry and having seen other teens run away from something later getting themselves in trouble. He even brought up how he had run off at 18 and joined the Air Force, which I already knew. But, with this round, there is no perfect time to bring it up and he's always busy or we're having to do something so it's just very frustrating to find at least alright timing to bring it up, if that makes sense.
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    rainbowpoptart
    My advice on this may not be the best because I haven't personally dealt with this yet, but... Parents, or guardians, get used to having their children around. You're [usually] with them for 18 years, which is a long time, so of course they - or in this case, your father - is going to feel like he's lost something very dear to him once you move out. To me it seems like he does truly understand that you're growing up. He just doesn't want it to happen. He knows that you're leaving soon - he just doesn't want it to be soon. Parents/guardians who are close to the children usually feel that way. If you're really so concerned, talk to him about it again, in a similar way you have done already. Or perhaps just a "Wow, my birthday is just around the corner". Once you do move out, visit him as frequently as you're able to and feel like. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, and it'll help you maintain a close relationship with him.
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    drowning
    drowning posted in Family Issues:
    Usually I wouldn't come here for advice, but I am really needing it. To sum it up, my birthday is in 21 days. Not only will I be leaving KW, but home as well. My mother has made it to where I have had plans to leave since I was around 11 or 12; so about 7 to 8 years. I won't get into everything, but we'll just say that my mother and I do not have a good relationship at all. My father on the other hand, I am very attached too and always scared of upsetting him. Things are not always very good between us at times, but we rarely fight. When we do, it is always bad nor ends well. So, having plans to move out are very scary to me and causes me plenty of anxiety that fights are going to break out when I have my help to get my belongings out.   For the record, I have talked to my father about leaving, why I want too, etc. But, more in the sense of that I want too, not that I am. Which, in a way, my parents understand I'm moving out as well as already pretty much know where I'm going without my mention. But, I don't think they, my father especially, understands how soon that is despite my saying of I want too when I'm 18 or when I say, "Soon." It doesn't help that my father told another that his "little girl is growing up" on him and that he is scared of the day I go because he will be alone. Which makes me feel guilty despite the fact I won't even be that far away. How should I talk to him once more and go about this or even when? I really want him to understand that I have thought everything through and that I will be in safe hands.
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