Current mood:awakeI get this question all the time from people who are thinking about trying stand up comedy or some who are just getting started. Well I can only speak for myself but I will tell you what I did and some of the things I have heard that I applied.
1. Get on stage. I know it sounds crazy. You can talk about wanting to do it all you want but you will never know until you hear someone say your name as your walking to the stage. Getting in front of a crowd is half the battle. When I first started you had to hang out a comedy club to find out where there were "open mic nights". Now you can google everything. About 15 yrs ago I asked Carlos Mencia how to get into comedy and he said "Just get onstage and the rest will come to you" he was right. Find a place that will let you be heard and hold on for the ride.
2. Talk about what you know. I dont do political humor because I dont like watching the news or reading the paper. I would sound like an idiot if I tried to talk politics. I talk about chocolate cakes & drive thrus because its my life and I know it better than anyone.
3. Think big! Make your material appeal to as many people as possible. You want EVERYONE to want to see your show not just a group. How do you appeal to everyone???? Talk about things that happen to everyone exmpl ( jobs, family, taxes, watching tv, neighbors, health). Work clean, its easy to add cuss words later if you like :) its hard to go the other way.
4. Be nice to everyone!!! I cant tell you how many times people called me because some comic pissed them off and I got his gig because he got "diva". Treat everyone like gold and it will come back to you.
5. Have fun