You’ll hear it now and you’ve read it before. Watch other people do comedy. If you’re an amateur like me; it’s a great thing to do. Notice what someone who blows does. Why aren’t or are they funny? Did they say fuck 5 times in the same sentence?
I recently watch a guy’s set and it was horrible. There he was, thinking he was funny. He was too rehearsed. He looked like a mouse with hawk talons 2 inches away from picking him up and eating him. Then something changed. He improvised and things got a little better. Then after I hit rewind on the computer to watch it again I thought, I should record myself more often.
Recording yourself and watching yourself takes a little bit of grit. Let’s just say if you can’t stand watching yourself then neither will anyone else. If you aren’t laughing and neither are anyone else, change something, lose the joke, find another angle.
Knowing someone’s shitty act is just as good as knowing someone else’s good act. That doesn’t mean steal it. It just means learn from it.
What are your thoughts?