Question for Steve et all - Stand up comedy
I remember you saying somewhere that through your learnings in Toastmasters you eventually went on to do a little stand up comedy at some point.
I've been challenged by a friend to enter his comedy night and do a 10-15 minute stand up set and I'm totally up for the challenge! I'm probably the least funny person I know and I rarely do public speaking, however I'm totally up for this and I know I can excel! :D
Since I'm a Life Coach, my theme for my alloted time is "adventures in coaching" and I just wanted to get some tips that anyone can give me on giving excellent delivery and have the audience ROFL!!!
Looking forward to the tips and suggestions! :p
I once wanted to be a stand-up comedian and it is still something I will do on the side, as it coincides with my career of being a speaker, motivationally and humourously. But, in Steve's world, I believe the time he would spend on putting together a comedy set could better be spent working on helping others. It may not be a bad experience for him, and I do not want to speak for him, but the further along I go in personal development, the more stand-up comedy becomes less and less a career option. It is so hard to cover high-level topics in a comedy club setting. People are looking more to laugh than to think.
And Amit, if you really are passionate about it, I would go for it. I've been working on comedy for five years and just recently won a comedy contest. I won a week of emceeing and it was really a good experience and if you really think you have it, I would encourage you to go to a comedy club, not just a generic open mic nigbht because the majority of those acts are music and they're not really there to watch comedy, and when you're introduced, it's like, "oh, and here's a stand-up comedian, just sit through this and we'll be back to music or poetry readings." So look for comedy open mics. I know from experience.
They really are two difflerent worlds.
I would do a bit about trying to teach a "cross eyed" client on how to keep "eye contact..."
If you can't kill them with that... may as well pack your bags on go home... :p
At any rate... the best of luck to you... and remember, the audience is dying to laugh at your jokes... just give them a small chance and they'll go for it...
You could do a piece where a you coach a control freak and they end up coaching you and won't do a word you say because you don't trust you enough. And Shamou the bit about teaching someone cross-eyed to make 'eye contact'. Class.
I'd like to be a stand-up comedian myself but I think I need a bit more life experience. (Like 10 more years life experience :))
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