By: Brian Scott
Just how funny are you? There are plenty of people out there who think they are funny, but they suck. Then there are people who really are funny – apart from their work as a comedian. They are constantly joking around and playing gags on others. Laughing and making others laugh is their normal, everyday life.
There are also people who are really funny onstage, but in their private lives they don’t crack jokes and raise laughs every minute. In fact, they may be serious people – some are even shy, quiet people you would never dream of being comedians. Others are funny all the time, whether they are on the stage or off it. They realized that they had an innate ability to crack people up and they love doing it. Still others are really funny people, but they are not comedians and don’t aspire to be on the stage at all.
But all successful comedians have one thing in common. On the stage, they can make people laugh. Some only have to walk onto the stage and people start to laugh before they even speak. So do you have what it takes?
Many comedians start out writing their own material, but if they just can’t see the funny side of things this may not be a good idea. A comedian might be able to present material in a way that makes people laugh, but if the material he or she presents is not all that funny, then success will be elusive – or non-existent. Many successful comedians depend on good writers for their material.
So if you really want to be a comedian, yet people don’t seem to be impressed, it may be that the material is not right for you, or perhaps it is not even all that funny. In this case you would be well advised to use material that someone else writes for you. If you ‘steal’ another comedian’s material, you could get into trouble.
The best reason for being a comedian is because you love doing it. If you get into the business to make money or become famous, you’re likely to be seriously disappointed. Those things may come to you if you are good – and persevere, but don’t count on it. If you are fulfilling an ambition and doing what you love to do, then it won’t matter if they don’t come, you’ll still be happy.
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