Even before you ever perform at your
initial comedy open mic:
1) Get your own microphone, straight-necked microphone stand with a solid
base, and an amplifier:
It can take up to 6 months to
learn how to use a microphone if the only time you handle a mic is when you
are in a comedy club.
Not ready to spend about $100 for a very inexpensive mic, mic stand and amplifier?
•Then just use a cord and a soup spoon to practice basic
2) Make arrangements to get your first open mic performance recorded to
All the newer smart phones and tablets have a built-in audio/video camera.
So, use your smart phone/tablet or have a friend record you on their smart phone/tablet,
•and email the video file to you immediately.
Simple as that!
Because how you interact with an audience before you "learn too much"
•will help your comedy mentor to eventually bring out your uniqueness
control made possible through proper writing and performing techniques.
Not to worry about that now:
just take you best shot,
. . .
but get it on video!
3) Get out of the chute fast—be unstoppable:
•Don't waste time:
asking the audience how they are doing,
asking them to applaud
the club or the MC,
begging the audience for sympathy,
nor saying anything that is not directly
setting up your first joke:
•When you get to your punch lines:
be looking one audience member right in
and keep looking at him/her until the audience laughter begins to
If they do or don't laugh at your first joke, it doesn't matter:
Always just go to another audience member,
and proceed with above steps.
Remember: this is a vigorous activity.
Confidence builder: a little realized truth that can set you free!
•Stand-up comics walking out on stage have at the outside 10 seconds:
a) to live
up to the audience's expectations
b) by getting a big laugh
c) that also introduces
their main character.
For that initial 10 seconds, the audience is totally on your side.
Think about it.
Have you ever hoped the next comic would be totally unfunny?
Why would you want to suffer through that?
Same thing happens when you meet someone for the first time,
or in a business situation:
•They want to like you.
That's why they are offering you that very friendly opening handshake:
Therefore, if everyone took the accomplished stand-up comic's example
a well planned introduction,
everyone meeting someone for the first time
be as relaxed as a seasoned comedy performer.
Try to improvise?
The comedy graves are full of wannabe comics who always open with an untried