Becoming a Comic
I want to be the best communicator possible. So I’m always working to improve my skills and sharpen my axe.
Last month Greg Baty and I enrolled in a stand-up comedy class at the Lake Norman Comedy Zone. Over 6 weeks, we studied the craft of writing and delivering stand-up comedy. I’ll be honest, I’ve never been so nervous in my life. The pressure to be funny is crazy intense. (They wanted us to aim for 9 LPM or Laughs Per Minute…and that’s harder than you think)
I have to give props to our two instructors: Joel Pace, who books comics for the Comedy Zone franchise and Johnny Millwater a comedian with a genuine love for the art. (Johnny’s the real deal)
Last night I went to my first legit open mic night…and absolutely TANKED. So, I’m definitely not ready for that HBO special, but I’m improving. I’ll do better next time.
Here’s a bone they threw us one night at class:
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF COMEDY
- Thou shalt not say “I’m not good at this” or “This is my first time”
- Thou shalt sell the punchline (believe in your material and sell it)
- Thou shalt dwell in brevity…GTTF (Get To The Funny)
- Thou shalt put the punchline at the end of your sentence.
- Thou shalt knowth thy audience.
- Thou shalt only use an accent if you can nail it.
- Thou shalt deliver your punchline clearly.
- Thou shalt not laugh at your own joke.
- Thou shalt not steal material
- Thou shalt never cut off the laughter and applause
- Thou shalt always record your act.