One of the highest money-making businesses right now is that of making people happy.
I must tell you that so many people seek various ways to make themselves happy and they don’t mind paying for it. There is so much sorrow in this world that people go to the extent of becoming addicted to something to ease their pains.
Thank God for the act of comedy, now we have so many comedians that are in the business of just making people laugh, and surprisingly they are making very good cash from it.
Back in the day’s nobody thought that the act of making people laugh would become an official career for so many people today. One reason why I love comedy is that they can pretty much diversify into any other field in entertainment, and they mostly do well in movies, a perfect example is Bill Cosby and Kevin Hart.
I had so many of my friends who in time past used to ask me if I had any advice to make them stand out in comedy, more reason why I decided to write this article.
Who Is a Comedian?
A comedian is a figure who tries to captivate an audience by making them laugh.
This might be through jokes or amusing situations, or acting foolish. Comedians can be defined back to 425 BC, when Aristophanes, a comic author and playwright, composed ancient comedic performances. He wrote 40 comedies, 11 of which remain and are still being implemented. Aristophanes’ comedy style took the form of satyr plays.
Other pioneers of comedy included. William Shakespeare wrote many comedies that had a happy ending, usually involving marriages between the unmarried characters, and a tone and style that is more light-hearted than Shakespeare’s other plays.
How To Become A Stand-Up comedian.
Now that you understand the basic rudiments of stand up comedy, here are very few and useful guidelines to start your career in comedy.
1. Rehearse and Practice.
Apart from having a normal sense of humour, you need to practice very hard, read books and watch videos from other comedians, analyze and optimize, study their concepts and improve on them to make yours better. Make mistakes and learn from the period.
A very good place to get started is on YouTube, there are dozens of comedy stuff on it. Spend time and understand their concepts.
2. Choose Your Comedy Niche.
I wrote earlier in the article about the various forms of energy. You need to discover yourself and know which one works for you.
Stand up comedy is very popular, and so many people think that it is the only form of comedy, so many people try it out and they fail. You should know which form of comedy works for you.
There are various forms of comedy and I suggest you understand each of them one after the other to define the category you belong to. Stand-up comedians are popular nowadays but not everyone will do stand-up comedy very well.
Here are some other forms of comedy I think you should know.
Called after the word anecdote (which is derived from the Greek term meaning “unpublished”); refers to personal comic tales that may be true or partially true but embellished.
Often referred to as “off-colour” or “risk” (from the French word “to fear”); relies on impropriety or indecency for comedic effect. (The term is possibly derived from the use of the word blue in the eighteenth century to refer to moral strict standards — hence the expression “blue rules” to refer to orders prohibiting such conduct on the Sabbath).
A related type is broad humour, which refers to unrestrained, unsubtle humour often marked by coarse jokes and sexual situations.
This kind of comedy involves ridicule by copying with caricature, or excessive characterization. The association with striptease is that in a bygone era, mocking skits and ecdysiasts displays were often on the same playbills in certain venues.
Sad or sad humour, concerned with tragedy and/or death and with a negative perspective.
Delivered with an impassive, expressionless, matter-of-fact presentation.
Uses capricious or quirky play from the Dutch term meaning “imp.”
Humour consisting of a clever saying, such as, “So many people run out of ideas long before they run out of words.” (But not all epigrams are humorous.)
Benjamin Franklin (as the author of Poor Richard’s Almanac and Oscar Wilde) is two masters of epigrammatic satire.
A comedy focused on odd coincidences and ironic elements, punctuated at times by overpowering, frantic action. Movies and works involving the Marx Brothers are manifestations of farce. The adjective also refers to incidents or proceedings which seem too ridiculous to be true.
Humour about cultured, sophisticated themes.
The comic presentation is marked by extravagant exaggeration and outsized characterization.
Humour involving incongruity and discordance with norms in which the intended sense is opposite, or almost opposite, to the actual meaning.
Humour featuring juvenile themes such as pranks, name-calling and other inappropriate behaviour.
Caustic or biting humour (the word stems from a Latin word meaning “to bite”). Not to be confused with morbid humour (see above).
Comic imitation is often intended to mock an author, an artistic practice, or a genre.
A sense of humour that mocks human flaws or aspects of society.
This is a farce in that it deals with unexpected scenarios and responses to such scenarios, characterized, like a farcical comedy, by unrealistic characterizations and episodes of fast-paced action.
Humour which performed humour in which performers target themselves and their foibles or misfortunes for comic effect.s target themselves and their foibles or misfortunes for comic effect.
Humour emerging from daily situations; is the basis of sitcoms or situation comedies. Situational comedies use elements such as farce, screwball, slapstick, and other forms of humour.
Comedy in which mock violence and simulated bodily harm are staged for comic effect; also known as physical comedy.
The name derives from a prop consisting of a stick with a piece of wood attached to it, which clapped loudly against it when one comedian hit another, increasing the effect. The Three Stooges became famous for the absurdity of their slapstick.
A genre of comedy in which a comic entertains an audience with jokes and humorous stories. A stand-up comedian may use one or more of the styles of humour mentioned here.
3. Set Up a Brand Website.
Now you need to move online and start influencing, so many people will begin searching about you or even something to make themselves happy and they might just stumble on you.
Here is an article that I recommend that you read to get started with a website.
- How To Start A Blog And Make Money
- How To Choose A Profitable Blogging Niche
- How To Host A Website With Bluehost
- How To Choose A Domain Name For Your Website or Blog
4. Go Social.
Now that you own a website, it’s time to finally start influencing and the best way to do this is on social media. Most comedians go on social media first, it is very wrong to do that, just follow the above-mentioned steps.
People go on social media Like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to have fun and all you need do is strategically position yourself.
- How To Grow Your Business With Facebook
- How To Grow Your Business On Instagram
- 5+ Quick Ways To Get Verified On Instagram
5. Use YouTube.
Coupled with your social media effort is the need for a YouTube channel. As a newbie comedian, you might not get a lot of attention and might not make money because you are new so I suggest you go on YouTube and start. You have higher chances of earning via YouTube
6. Start A Podcast.
A podcast is a series of recorded voice notes that are hosted over the internet, As a comedian, you can start a series of funny series in the form of podcasts and distribute it all over the internet.
One thing about making use of a podcast is that your voice can travel very far and you have a better way of storing your old comedy skits and program.
Here is an article on my blog that I recommend that you read to help you starting a Podcast
How To Make Money As a Comedian.
Now you have followed the above-mentioned process and it is now time to start making some cool cash. Here are very few steps to take to start making some money as a comedian.
1. Host Live events.
This is the most common way to make money as a comedian but it is very expensive for newbies.
Not too many comedians can afford to host a live show and sell tickets. The turnout is greatly determined by your fanbase and how we’ll know you are. I don’t recommend this, for a start, but you can give it a try when you have a very stronger fan base.
2. Use Google Adsense.
As a comedian, I recommended that you have a website for a start.
The main aim of the website is to display your portfolio and also make some very cool cash for you.
And you can only make this cash by monetizing your website Via the Google Adsense Program.
Here is an article I recommend you read to help you get started with making money via your website.
3. Sell Your Products.
As a comedian, so many people are going to be influenced by you, and the only way to make money off your fans is by selling something of your make to them. You can sell a T-Shirt or any Sourvenier in your brand name. I recommend you read this article on starting an E-commerce website
- How To Start A Money Making E-Commerce Business
- How To Start A Mini Importation Business And Make Money
When you begin to make a wave in the industry, endorsements will surely come.
A much bigger brand can decide to make you an influencer and this alone can set you up for a longer time.
Don’t be in a haste make sure you work hard and you will be rewarded.
Starting as a new comedian can be very hectic and most times discouragement can creep in, so I prepared this article to help you scale through.
Don’t give up, it not going to be easy but you have to keep fighting, so many people are trying to get industry but with these tips, you can stand out.
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