Backstage: Want to Be a Comedian? 3 Tips to Get You Started

Want to Be a Comedian? 3 Tips to Get You Started

by Red Grant

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Red Grant, Backstage

People ask me all the time how they can become a comedian and I always say, “There are a number of ways but first, are you truly ready to be one? Are you ready for the truth behind the laughs? The pain that comes with this tough business? Are you prepared to be alone and broke? Do you think you can make people laugh even when you may be miserable?”

These are the things people need to think about before even considering entering the world of comedy. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t meant to discourage. But believe me when I say it is the reality of the business.

If you decide you are OK with all this and still want to enter this world, here are some of my top tips for getting started as a comedian.

1. You need jokes.
I know that might sound obvious but the hardest part of being a comedian is being able to write jokes, being relatable to people who don’t know you and somehow making them laugh. Now, not everyone finds everything funny. But in general, “funny is funny” and people by nature find “funny” very relatable. My point is that the way to get genuine laughs is to think about the real, everyday things that happen in your life that make you laugh and start from there... READ MORE

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