E4 – What Makes A Good Set

Comedy is an art form. It’s hard to tell, in a concrete way, how well a set lands. Over my 5 years of performing I have found a way to analyze my sets that gives me actual numbers to look at. Not everyone  will want to do it this way, but it helps me make my sets stronger. These are also the factors I am thinking about when I’m considering booking someone for a show.

Break Down:

Laugh Ratio: The percentage of time the audience spends laughing versus your total time on stage. The goal at this level should be 15%. ( I got this from The Comedian, a documentary about Jerry Seinfeld.)

Hit Rate: How many punchlines you throw out versus how many of them land. The goal is 100%

Hit Strength: The average strength of all our punchlines. Your average should be around 3. (If you are assigning strength on the same scale I do. Obviously, whatever scale you want to use is up to you.)

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