How to Be a Comedian

Are you interested in becoming a great comedian? Remember that a good joke consists of three things - audience, timing, and the comedian. Here are some easy ideas to have them rolling in the aisles.


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    Time your jokes very well! There are times when you should and should not tell them, like if it is already familiar. Or when they don't feel like jokes.
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    Dress up as a funny comedian. Your outfit reflects your personality to the audience, try to always wear funny tagged T-shirts. You can get them from any place, like Bershka, or other places, but try to avoid extremely classy places like Massimo Dutti or Zara. If you cannot afford a Bershka outfit, try to get your clothes from somewhere where you can buy funny shirts, pants....
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    Tell a joke that people could relate to. But you must add humor and strive while doing it, you always have to say your jokes in an appropriate tone.
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    Don't keep repeating the same subject, after a while, you will lose your edge and people might be disturbed by another thing, so always try to change your subjects, and keep the people's attention.
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    When you tell a joke, do it in a funny way like a one of a kind voice tone.
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    If people don't like what you are doing, make a joke out of it. Not only will it raise your spirits, but it makes a comedy goldmine.
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    Be like that one guy. If you are a musician, play a cell phone ring tone on your piano, and they will crack up like eggs hit on a counter.
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    If you want to be hilarious, try to start by telling a joke about yourself, making fun of yourself or something you have done recently will make people think of you as a great comedian, and will leave you a chance to make them laugh.


  • Try not to laugh a lot at your own jokes. Grins and chuckles are fine, though.
  • Consider watching or listening to stand up comedy acts from other comedians. This can give you insight on techniques, facial expressions, and timing that other more seasoned comedians use.
  • Practice telling the jokes to others and notice their reaction. Take a mental poll on how effective your jokes were.
  • Relate to the average person.
  • Remember to walk the stage. You do not want to show you're nervous by standing in one spot. This also gets the rest of the audience uninterested with you because they feel you're not talking to them.
  • Body language and timing.
  • Look up to classic comedians like Bernie Mac, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, D. L. Hughley, and some good contemporary comedians like Robin Williams or Jim Carrey.
  • Watch some comics to see what type of comedy you like to do etc.
  • Don't make the audience the butt of your jokes. Tell an embarrassing story about yourself. But if some one in the audience leaves for something try to take the mike.
  • Choose what type of jokes you want. Look up comedians who specialize in that type. For example Lewis Black does political jokes. (Take note that you have to keep up in the genre of jokes you select.)
  • A note on some above comedians, D. L. Hughley in particular. Don't rely one one aspect of comedy, like race or culture, as this makes your comedy narrow minded, and sometimes even gives it a "racially exclusive" impression. Hughley is a good example; many people find his act to be more accessible to everyone than some black comedians. The true comic can make anyone laugh, black, white, etc., without using a comedic crutch like racial humor.
  • Racial humor can be appropriate in moderation, and consideration for the audience. While humor at the expense of minorities is considered taboo, humor at the expense of white people is unfortunately universally accepted. Be aware of this double standard, and be careful!
  • Dress to embarrass yourself so when u get on stage u don't have to do anything to make them laugh!
  • If you have stage fright, try picturing the audience in their underwear or something of that sort to get rid of it.
  • When you get on stage make sure you have all your jokes put in papers or car but if you look at them people think that you don't have all people think that you're not a very good communion and they will leave make sure he has are you things put in your head don't look at the cars don't turn around and don't get distracted by other people just because they're not interested in your beautiful work you're a comedian in your own world don't be scared to face the world.


  • Remember what Moliere said: "The aim is to make people laugh, if I didn't, then I didn't give my audience a message."
  • Try not to copy jokes other comedians have said before.try to stare at the BBC news and make something funny out of it !
  • Avoid jokes that take a long time to explain or jokes that involve facts that no one knows.
  • Avoid telling overly-offensive jokes such as racist ones. A little bit of light-hearted controversy is fine, but know where the line is, and don't cross it. Some times you can, but only if you are that religion or race so it is not as mean but you have to let others know before saying what ever joke you wanted. Remember if you are saying it about you self people will not take it so hard, more so when it is clear.
  • Try to always avoid making fun of specific people in a way that could hurt them.
  • Never ever try to get laughs by making fun of someone. That's not being a comedian.

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