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When people think about getting into stand up comedy, they think about the glory. The crowds, the attention, the IG fans. Everyone thinks about being the next Joe Rogan, Doug Stanhope and Amy Schumer. In order to get that glory, you have to go all in. Comedy is going to take over you life. It is going to demand every second of free time you have.
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It is competition season for my comedy scene, which always flares up everyone’s competitive nature. Here’s the thing: The idea that Stand Up Comedy is somehow a competitive thing, is absolutely bullshit. You aren’t competing against your fellow comics. You are only competing against yourself. You are competing against your last set, your own work ethic, and your own fears. Be resilient.
I also go on a rant about comedy competitions, and tell the hard truth about them. As a producer of a competition, I understand their true nature and purpose. Other producers are going to hate my honesty. But, someone needs to be honest with you about it. It’s not about competing against each other, it’s about competing against yourself. Plus, there’s an easy way to hack almost any competition.
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Athletes will do a different sport or exercise to help their main sport. This is cross training. Dancers will strength train. Football players will do yoga and swimming. Cyclists will cross country ski. This cross training theory can help you as a stand up comedian, too! There are definitely activities you can do that will help you grow your skills as a stand up. Here is my list:
Dancing (Maybe just me)
There is some other random advice in here, too! I also included a little bonus clip of my husband stumbling in on my mic check.
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This Episode is a little adversarial. It might hurt some feelings.
Being A Big Fish In A Small Pond Doesn’t Mean Sh*t.
There. I said it. It’s so easy in a small scene to feel like a big deal. Comics with big heads and big egos make big mistakes. Bookers don’t need you. You are replaceable.
So, don’t lose your hustle. Still go to open mics. Still write. Still work on getting better. Being a big fish in a small pond won’t really open doors for you in the next big scene. But your work ethic will.
“Pouring salt in my sugar won’t make yours any sweeter
Pissing in my yard ain’t gonna make yours any greener”
It’s easy to get distracted in comedy. This episode is all about my mantra, “Stay On Target.” Put your blinders on and focus on what you have control over. Don’t get stuck in a mindset of scarcity. Laughter is not a limited resource. There’s enough for everyone. I promise!
I honestly thought about calling this episode “Why All Bookers Are Assholes.”
Don’t even stress about whether you are getting booked if you are less than two years in. Some Bookers have rules about “time served.” It won’t matter how well you land with an audience at an open mic. Your stats could be amazing and they still won’t book you until you have a couple years under your belt. Especially in bigger cities.
I refer you to previous episodes:
E2 – Basic Rules of Stand Up Comedy
E3 – What the F To Wear
E4 – What Makes A Good Set
E6 – What I Look For As A Booker.
If you listen to these four episodes and are confident you are hitting all of these marks then it’s time to talk to the Booker. Any Booker should be happy to honestly communicate with you about what you can do better. Take this feedback openly and without being defensive. This feedback is important.