Tips For Stand Up Comedy



At TEDx, Tim Lee is a speaker for the second year in a row. It is usually the all too often mind-numbingly boring PowerPoint presentation that Lee uses, but when he unleashes his deck, it is anything but commonplace. The audience is in fits of laughter and loudly clapping in appreciation … for his PowerPoint presentation in seconds. If this has not happened to you, you might wonder why it has not. A growing number of comedians are equally at home on a business stage as they are on a comedy (Lee has actually sold out shows where people pay money to see him give PowerPoint presentations. When the lines between information and entertainment blur, speakers like him are in high demand. I know, it sounds rather strange.) Aside from being funnier than most, he has one very important advantage over other There is a lot more time he spends on stage. Comedy is a craft that demands years of practice and mastery until a comedian is at the top of his or her game. As a result, they are among the relatively few public speakers who accumulate the 10,000 hours Malcolm Gladwell describes as a master level. The changes force regular business speakers to take their game to the next level. In this spirit, here are 23 tips from Lee and other top comedians with 10,000 hours of experience to help you become a better

1. Use the Rule of 3

The following rule is used to come up with jokes and ideas that capitalize on the way our brains process information. As a result of our necessity, we have come to be proficient at pattern recognition. Patterns can be created using the smallest number of elements possible. When pattern and brevity are combined, the result is memorable content.”

2. Draw Upon Your Real-Life Experiences

When it comes to humor, it is safest to tell stories from your own life, since they are guaranteed to be original and can be easily learned You have a responsibility as a creator to engage your audience with a subject in the same way you do, and real life is an excellent medium for doing so.

3. Identify the Key Part and Get There Fast

The United Kingdom. Writer Jimmy Carr says, “Comedies aren’t really about writing they’re about finding a funny message.” I think it has more to do with There’s something to be said about what you refrain from saying. Is there a shortest word I can use down here in order to get to the funny part?

4. Find the Funny in Pain Points

To be able to laugh, one must be able to play with one’s pain, as Charlie Chaplin once said. While Chaplin probably didn’t mean customer pain points, the same wisdom still holds.

5. Think Fails and Firsts

The number of times people ask me for help creating a better speech is staggering, Darren LaCroix says. I suggest you start by looking in the mirror. It’s a good place to start looking for humor. Look at your errors and your successes to begin. You made a mistake for the first time. The humble and open style is a favorite of the audience.”

6. Screen Your Jokes

Compared to a typical stand-up set, presentations provide an audience with an added advantage, Sammy Wegent explains, a giant screen to stare at the whole time you’re on stage. The popularity of Photoshopped images, memes, and GIFs has never been greater than it is today in a world dominated by visual humor. Be careful not to make your presentation funny just by saying funny things. You should show funny things, too.”

7. Think Fun Over Funny

A person can use humor in many ways making people laugh is just one of them Andrew Tarvin says that a smile is another goal. “When you are just getting started, aim to have fun and not make things funny.”

8. Tell a Joke

An amusing joke already creates value if it makes the audience laugh. When it is segued into a point, it makes sense. Thankfully, it doesn’t always have to be that way,” Rajiv Satyal says. The following is one of his favorite comedy routines, which is both hilarious and yet clean enough for business presentations There is a guy who joins a monastery and vows to remain silent. The only words he can say every seven years are two. The elders bring him to them after the first seven years and ask him Suddenly, a woman steps toward him and says, “Cold floors.” The man nods and walks During the next seven years, the world changes for the worse. After he says two words again, they bring him back into the room. Clears his throat, indicating he is ready to speak. I must have eaten bad food, he tells me. A nod is exchanged and he is sent During the next seven years, the world changes for the worse. The two words they want him to say are brought into the room. Suddenly, he stands up and says, “I quit.” One of the elders looks at him and says, “That’s not surprising.” I just couldn’t resist. Satyal says, “I haven’t missed that joke in any context since you came here.” Since you got here, you’ve complained almost nonstop, he says. A reorg, for example, is an easy way to tie this into things going on within a company. workplace reorganizes at least once a year.)

9. Like Jerry Seinfeld Does, Use Inherently Funny Words

A few words are more amusing than others and can be entertaining even if there is no context to go with them. There’s something funny about words that contain a k. You can have some fun with Alka-Seltzer. Funny chickens are available on the internet. There is something funny about pickle. It’s not funny to write L’s. While writing his Pop-Tarts bit, Jerry Seinfeld selected foods that were in the ’60s in all their strange, frozen, unhealthy forms and focused the bulk of his description What is the purpose of Pop Tarts? Pop-Tarts sound funny because they’re baked, not fried. In Seinfeld’s opinion, the key to the joke is, “you had chimps, dirt, playing, and sticks.” “The Pop-Tart suddenly appeared in the supermarket in the middle of summer… and we were like chimps in the dirt.” There are four funny words in a seven-word sentence. I like chimps, and they are funny.” (Read

10. Paint a Picture for Others to See

Reggie Steele “The thing about comedy is that it is all in the details, so you don’t want to overdo it.” The only thing needed to set the scene was a little bit of dialogue. As if you’re talking to someone blind or doing something for the radio, make sure to talk to people as if they are invisible to you. It is important to pay attention to the details.”

11. Do Something Memorable

“This can be either a good or a bad thing. I can sway people more by memorability than by likability,” Obeid says, citing research.

12. Jokes are: 1, 2 … 4!

As Rajiv Satyal puts it, “They seem to be about to establish a pattern but then break it just as it is about to develop.” When you hear “4,” you realize that I was doubling the numbers.” “In this example, you thought I was counting, but I was doubling the numbers.” Upon reflection, it makes sense. (But they aren’t 1, 2, There would just be randomness.) Jokes are funny due to their element of surprise. Too many presentations are stuff people already know (1, 2 … 3!) or stuff they don’t know what to do with (1, 2 … 7). Don’t just give ’em something memorable, but something they’ll enjoy.”

13. Use the Art of Misdirection

“An advantage to presenting a business case rather than doing stand-up comedy is that the audience can be misled more easily into a funny line through a presentation,” “Due to all the boring presentations they have been subjected to, they are starting to trust the technology Taking advantage of this is in your best interest.

14. Put the Word the Joke Hinges on at the End of the Sentence

If the fact there is a cat in the box is the surprise or twist, the best thing to say is “In that box there was a cat.” That way you are not still talking to the audience when they’re supposed to be laughing.

15. Use Tension

In order for a punch line to land, Zahra Noorbakhsh says that tension has to exist. It creates a desire to see a problem resolved, no matter how big or small it may be. By identifying what is making your audience restless, anxious, or uncomfortable, you can work backward from there to find a joke that will chill them out.

16. Avoid Ever Going Blank Onstage

Memorization can be done with the Memory Palace method. Richard Sarvate explains that it is useful to have the image interact with the environment in order to accomplish this. He describes what he sees as a sushi chef when he makes his joke. He would be safe in an elevator in my apartment’s lobby if I put him in an elevator there. As I envision him mumbling at the elevator buttons in frustration, I picture him muttering at the buttons. It is now much easier for him to recall and visualize what’s happened now that he is interacting with the environment. It’s good to make the image as bizarre as possible in order to make it I imagine Krishna wearing a sombrero for my Mexican Indian joke. It is almost impossible to forget such a ridiculous image.”

17. Use Your Hands

It’s better to speak with your hands out in front of you instead of flopped to the side, As if you were going to spill some drinks if you put your arms down, pretend you’re double fisting a couple of drinks. Drink a couple of beers and double fist your hands. Although it might not help your presentation, it won’t matter so much in the long run.”

18. Use Metaphors and Analogies Combined With Hyperbole (Exaggeration)

Brian Carter says, “Look for the pattern in what you’re criticizing and then choose a metaphor that makes it look absurd.” As an example, I may say that doing organic social marketing without ads, and maybe expecting a viral reaction, is similar to trying to drive a car that you hope other people will fill up with gas when they feel like it. The funnier anything is, the more exaggerated it is. I suppose I could exaggerate that last example and say it’s like you have the Star Trek Enterprise going to a new star system without any dilithium crystals, and hoping the Klingons will help them out. Although I made them up, they might be terrible, but I think that illustrates the process (Trekkies get it).

19. If the Energy Is Down, Bring It Up

If the host did not introduce you with a strong round of applause, it would be appropriate for you to ask the audience to do so now,” You may invite a round of applause for the presenter, the host, some of the speakers before you, the sponsor or organizer of the event, or even the audience (even though they think they are applauding for themselves, it still counts as an applause for you).

20. Trust Your Funny Bits

“Your jokes are funny, so you should be confident about them,” Make sure you deliver your punch lines emphatically, then give the audience some time to process what you just said so they can laugh.”

21. Have Fun

You shouldn’t put something up that makes you bored. According to Sal Calanni, “If you find it boring to tell it, it’s likely your audience will find it boring to hear it.”.

22. Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

You will be more prepared for anything if you overprepare. You will have the knowledge and confidence that you can deal with whatever comes your way on stage. Steve Martin says that persistence can seamlessly serve as a substitute for talent.

23. Don’t Rely on Potential

I advise you not to do that! “Don’t get too close to your potential,” Moran advises. “This is going to be a mess.”. There’s potential in it You can leave it out. However, like your bank account, you always carry less than you think.” As Mark Twain once said, “the greatest weapon the human race has is laughter.” That type of arms race may be one worth our time. Most presentations are tedious and impossible to follow. You won’t have to worry about that if you apply these tips.


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