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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