How a Stand up Comedian Should Perform?

Many of us have no idea about what we should say and what we should avoid in front of some unknown people. This is the common lesson that our parents teach us since we are kids. But as we grow up, it’s us, who has to decide about what to say in front of whom. At that time, we get pretty careful about whatever we speak.

Talking on the broader scale, in professional life, we also have to be careful but what if you have to face new people on daily basis? This sounds pretty terrific. Well, this is the real life of stand up comedians. They have to perform daily in front of the new faces, new minds, and new group of people. Therefore, it requires some extra efforts to focus what to say in front of them and what should be avoided.

If you are comedian then you should be aware of the fact that people get offensive easily and their offense could cause serious damage to your comedian career. Therefore, you need to be cautious while delivering some jokes. Most probably, the professional stand up comedians have an idea that what sort of audience they are going to face. That is why they prepare their whole act accordingly. If you do not know that from which background your audience belongs to then the simple rule is to perform the comedy related to daily life problems. You can talk about funny marriage encounters, funny scenes with the friends at hangout, living experience with the parents, your first day on job, and things like that. These are the common topics that every person goes through in daily life.

Another important thing in any stand up comedy act is that the punch line should be very solid. Punch line is the key line that entertains your audience the most. The punch line should be very short yet powerful. Check some stand up comedy videos tutorials for that.  A lengthy punch line will only bored your audience and this could be the possibility that they would be unable to understand it. So, avoid the lengthy punch line.

You can also take the tips about the content usage and delivery from the old famous stand up comedy videos that are easily available on internet and DVDs. You can be a victorious stand up comedy star by following these simple tips.  

Impressionist Comedy

I’ve covered off the many and varied genres of comedy that stand up comedians can choose from, but one I’ve not covered much is the artform of the impressionist.  Probably one of the less common genres, an impressionist comedian not only has to be skilled at writing and performing humorous material, they also have to perfect their impressions.  Revolving an act around mimicking other people and copying their mannerisms, movements and speech is not easy and usually comedians who use this style found they had a knack for mimicry at a young age.

If you are performing for friends and family, you have probably been mimicking a family friend or someone familiar to them.  If you are moving on to performing in public, you should think about how the audience can identify with your impersonation.  That usually means, more well known impressionists will stick to impersonating celebrities, famous politicians or sports figures.  The person they are impersonating will generally be well known to most, if not all of the audience. 

Depending on your personal choice, you may choose to focus on impersonating just one person, or a selection.  There are pro’s and con’s to both.  If you choose to stick to one, there is a risk that the audience may soon become bored.  Similarly, if you copy too many, the audience may be disappointed you didn’t perform more of a particular character and you may also struggle to perfect so many in one performance.

Generally, you should be satisfied that you have perfected your performance without the need to tell the audience who you are impersonating.  Obviously the most important part of your impression is getting the voice right, including the speed at which they talk and any dialect or accent.  Next will be to become familiar and copy any mannerisms, gestures and facial expressions.  Obviously, the more famous the person you are impersonating, the more material should be available to you to research.  Check out if they have a web page and for any material on Youtube.

Lastly, having perfected your impersonation, you will need to consider how you can make your comedy material relevant to that person.

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