It's interesting when it comes up in conversation, because it turns out that many people know that they're funny. Some even kind of think that doing standup might be neat. But every time these people see a comedian on TV, they overlay a little mental picture of themselves over the comedian, and go...nahhh.
They're not that person. Intuitively, it doesn't make sense.
Well, I decided to discard my intuitive side and took a pretty analytical path towards being a stand-up comedian. Here's how I did it:
Step 1: Discovery
Step 2: Research
- looked up comedy clubs in my area with "amateur night"
- found out how long my set needed to be (5 min)
- figured out about how many jokes it would take to fill that time (3)
Step 3: "Writing"
- Tell joke. Person gets it. Everyone laughs, I am a hero. (1%)
- Tell joke. Person thinks it's amusing, but that it kind of sounds "stand-uppy" and weird. Social failure. (10%)
- Tell joke. Person doesn't get it, thinks I'm an asshole. (89%)
Step 4: Validation
Step 5: Performance
- "I was playing this room in Idaho, and they f*cking loved me..."
- "Oh, yeah, I killed in Fairbanks..."
- "Is this your first time? You know, I teach a class. You could come for free if you wanted; I wouldn't charge you."
- Don't remind the audience to tip their waitress
- Don't go over your time
- Don't say "you'll be here all week"