Here's a secret: anyone can do it! We've seen the transformation happen to everyday people right in front of our eyes. From high school students to real estate agents, anyone can benefit from being funny no matter what their day job is.
You too will learn the secrets of thinking on your feet and transcending the funniness of your jokes by being yourself. As a matter of fact, many of the skills and techniques will carry over to the rest of your life as well. From the boardroom to the bedroom, learning the skills for stand-up comedy will help you achieve greater results in life.
No matter who you are or what walk of life you come from, you can become a stand-up comedian in 1 week.
1. Secrets to success and common mistakes in stand-up comedy
However, stories can be molded and massaged into comedic form. For example, an amusing story such as "I once got really drunk at a bar and got kicked out by the bouncer. I stumbled to my car and ended up sleeping in it, then I woke up and found out that I got a parking ticket!" can actually be made much funnier. Instead of treating it as a narrative, bring the story alive by telling it in the present tense, and being concise with the choice of words.
"I hate getting really drunk at bars. You always end up accruing unexpected expenses. Like waking up in your car and finding a parking ticket on the windshield."
Next time you're in a social circle, try it for yourself. Think of something you've recently become passionate about. It could be something you really love, vehemently hate, or somewhere in between. Any person, place, or thing that you can attach an emotion to will work. Talk vividly and rant or rave about the subject, but throw in some unexpected emotions. By attaching an unexpected emotion to the topic, you can actually create a much more effective level of humor:
"I enjoy explosive diarrhea. I think it's kind of fun. I like to hold it and wait until the very last second possible. It's like playing a game of chicken against myself."
By exhibiting flaws, the comedian lets the audience establish a sense of superiority, and thus, empathy. The more you talk about how your life sucks, the more likable you become. This is why it's important to be sincere. Don't be afraid to talk about personal flaws and the mistakes you've made. Nobody is perfect. The fact that you're courageous enough to go on stage and admit to these flaws - all the while poking fun at them - will help you garner the love and attention of the audience and have them rolling in laughter.