You think that you have talent in making people laugh, so why don’t you use this to your advantage and learn standup comedy? Aside from taking this a step higher by becoming a professional, you can utilize what you have learned on personal events or parties that you have organized.
Now that you are set about what you want to achieve, what do you need to do to learn the act? Here are some tips that you can adapt to help you in the process.
1. It is a good thing if you also have the skills in writing comedic skits and script, but you must not stop there. Try to read the lines that you have written, which you think are very funny. You can record yourself while doing this or say it out loud in front of an audience. You will realize that when you voice out what you have written, it won’t sound as funny as it seemed to be while you were still reading it. The reason for this is that the manner that you talk is very much different from how you write dialogues and scenes.
This doesn’t mean that you cannot use the material on a standup act. You just have to learn how to verbalize the jokes through the use of proper body language, tone impact and voice inflection. These factors play a great role in making the whole act effective and funny that could help you generate laughter from those who are watching you perform.
2. It will help to watch your favorite performers and learn from how they do their acts. You may realize that the pros use certain techniques to make their performances effective and funny. They may exaggerate a lot, use double entendre, distort their faces and do many other things to hook their audience to what they are saying.
You can also try to use these techniques in doing your performances, but you must not solely rely into these. As you practice the act and how you intend to perform, you will also develop your own techniques that will help you become better with what you are doing. When you are still starting out, it will be best if you are going to practice how to deliver your jokes in your most natural way. Do not focus yet on what techniques would you like to apply on your jokes because if that would happen, it will appear as if you are trying too hard. Instead, you should learn how to relay your messages with the audience as if they are your friends and your main goal is to make them laugh.
While you are still trying to learn standup comedy, you should experience life to the fullest. Learn various things, go places and see the sights. Try to observe how other people react to things and be always updated about the news around you and all over the globe. All these will help you produce better, funnier and relevant jokes.