Comedy is an art of sentiment gifted by the talents of those promoting laughter.
To be a comedian, start by finding your comedic niche. In any field, the more interested you are in a specific topic, be it sex, politics, or whatever, the more material you’ll assimilate, configure, and adapt as your own. Notably, the more familiar you become with the subject, the better you’ll present it, and as a result, the better your act will be received.
First of all, the best way to learn anything is by immersing yourself into the subject and exploring its options. For instance, if you’re a fan of physical comedy, amuse your audience by experimenting with different ways to slip and fall, such as slapstick genius Charlie Chaplin or the ever classic Three Stooges. If you’re a fan of standup, check out funny guys like Kevin Hart or George Lopez. Other comedians, like John Leguizamo, incorporate theatrics into their standups, thereby perfecting the run of the one man show. If you’re a fan of witty banter or dry comedy, check out satirical works that speak on social issues, such as shows like The Daily News or The Colbert Report. If you’re a fan of traditional clown chuckles, go to the circus and take notes.
All jokes aside, comedy is a craft cultivated by truth. For those comedians that deal from personal experience, their authenticity is inspiring. In the comedic process, unveil your own truth by defining what funny means to you, as well as deciding what kind of funny you want to be. Recognize your preferences and then ask yourself why you consider these things funny. Once you understand what motivates your humor, then you can practice managing it.
Go help the world: be funny!
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