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How To Become A Comedian and Make Money In 2020

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Introduction

One of the highest money-making business 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 in order 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 or comic is a person who seeks to entertain an audience by making them laugh.

This might be through jokes or amusing situations, or acting foolish.

Comedians can be dated back to 425 BC, when Aristophanes, a comic author and playwright, wrote ancient comedic plays. He wrote 40 comedies, 11 of which survive and are still being performed.

Aristophanes’ comedy style took the form of satyr plays.

Other pioneers of comedy included.

William Shakespeare who 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.

Forms of comedy.

There are various forms of comedy and I suggest you understand each of it one after the other so as 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.

1. Anecdotal.

Named after the word anecdote (which stems from the Greek term meaning “unpublished”); refers to comic personal stories that may be true or partly true but embellished.

2. Blue.

Also called off-colour, or risque (from the French word for “to risk”); relies on impropriety or indecency for comic effect. (The name probably derives from the eighteenth-century use of the word blue to refer to morally strict standards — hence the phrase “blue laws” to refer to ordinances restricting certain behaviour on the Sabbath).

A related type is broad humour, which refers to unrestrained, unsubtle humour often marked by coarse jokes and sexual situations.

3. Burlesque.

Ridicules by imitating with caricature, or exaggerated 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.

4. Dark/Gallows/Morbid.

Grim or depressing humour dealing with misfortune and/or death and with a pessimistic outlook.

5. Deadpan/Dry.

Delivered with an impassive, expressionless, matter-of-fact presentation.

6. Droll.

From the Dutch word meaning “imp”; utilizes capricious or eccentric humour.

7. Epigrammatic.

Humour consisting of a witty saying such as “Too many people run out of ideas long before they run out of words.” (Not all epigrams are humorous, however.)

Two masters of epigrammatic humour are Benjamin Franklin (as the author of Poor Richard’s Almanackand Oscar Wilde.

8. Farcical.

A comedy based on improbable coincidences and with satirical elements, punctuated at times with overwrought, frantic action.

Movies and plays featuring the Marx Brothers are epitomes of farce.

The adjective also refers to incidents or proceedings that seem too ridiculous to be true.

9. High/highbrow.

Humour pertaining to cultured, sophisticated themes.

10. Hyperbolic.

The comic presentation marked by extravagant exaggeration and outsized characterization.

11. Ironic.

Humour involving incongruity and discordance with norms, in which the intended meaning is opposite, or nearly opposite, to the literal meaning.

12. Juvenile/sophomoric.

Humour involving childish themes such as pranks, name-calling, and other immature behaviour.

13. Mordant.

Caustic or biting humour (the word stems from a Latin word meaning “to bite”).

Not to be confused with morbid humour (see above).

14. Parodic.

Comic imitation often intended to ridicule an author, an artistic endeavour, or a genre.

15. Satirical.

Humour that mocks human weaknesses or aspects of society.

16. Screwball.

Akin to farce in that it deals with unlikely situations and responses to those situations, distinguished, like farcical humour, by exaggerated characterizations and episodes of fast-paced action.

17. Self-deprecating.

Humour in which performers target themselves and their foibles or misfortunes for comic effect.

Stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield was a practitioner of self-deprecating humour.

18. Situational.

Humour arising out of quotidian situations; it is the basis of sitcoms or situation comedies.

Situational comedies employ elements of farce, screwball, slapstick, and other types of humour.

19. Slapstick.

Comedy in which mock violence and simulated bodily harm are staged for comic effect; also called physical comedy.

The name derives from a prop consisting of a stick with an attached piece of wood that slapped loudly against it when one comedian struck another with it, enhancing the effect.

The Three Stooges were renowned for their slapstick comedy.

20. Stand-up.

A form of comedy delivery in which a comic entertains an audience with jokes and humorous stories.

A stand-up comedian may employ one or more of the types of humour described here.

Richest Comedians Around The World.

Just to motivate you a lot more into pursuing a career in comedy here are some very big names in the comedy industry and their various net worths

1. Kevin Hart.

 

 

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Kevin Darnell Hart, born July 6, 1979, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and producer.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2001 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared.

The series lasted only one season, but he soon landed other roles in films such as Paper Soldiers (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Soul Plane (2004), In the Mix (2005), and Little Fockers (2010).

Net worth – $87.5 million

2. Jerome Allen Seinfeld.

Jerome Allen Seinfeld born April 29, 1954, is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director.

He is known for playing a semi-fictionalized version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he created and wrote with Larry David.

The show aired on NBC from 1989 until 1998, becoming one of the most acclaimed and popular sitcoms of all time.

As a stand-up comedian, Seinfeld specializes in observational comedy. In 2005, Comedy Central named Seinfeld the “12th Greatest Stand-up Comedian of All Time”.

Net worth – $43.5 million

3. Terry Fator.

 

 

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Terry Wayne Fator born June 10, 1965, is an American ventriloquist, impressionist, stand-up comedian, and singer from Dallas, Texas. Fator does ventriloquial impersonations and uses 15 different puppets in his act.

He was the winner of season two of America’s Got Talent and received the million-dollar prize.

The following year, he was signed on as the headliner at The Mirage hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada with a five-year, $100 million contract.

Net worth – $21 million.

4. Amy Beth Schumer

Amy Beth Schumer born June 1, 1981, is an American stand-up comedian and actress.

She ventured into comedy in the early 2000s before appearing as a contestant on the fifth season of the NBC reality competition series Last Comic Standing in 2007.

Since 2013, she has been the creator, co-producer, co-writer, and star of the Comedy Central sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, for which she received a Peabody Award and for which Schumer has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in 2015.

Net worth – $17 million

5. Jeffrey Dunham

Jeffrey Dunham born April 18, 1962, is an American ventriloquist, stand-up comedian, and actor who has also appeared on numerous television shows, including Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, The Tonight Show and Sonny With a Chance.

He has six specials that run on Comedy Central: Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself, Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity, Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special, Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos, Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters, and Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map.

Dunham also starred in The Jeff Dunham Show, a series on the network in 2009.

Networth – $13.5 million

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 the 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 your’s 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.

3. Own A 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 in order to get started with a website.

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.

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 turn out 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 own 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

4. Endorsements.

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.

Recommendation.

Starting out 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.

Conclusion.

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.

Final words.

Dear reader, I want you to know that we are predestined to meet in this world but maybe not physically, I am so glad that we could meet on this platform today.

I want you to know that I value relationship and friendship and I want to get to know you more, connect and express feelings towards each other.

That is why I am appealing that you drop your email in the email subscription box below, you never can tell we might have solutions to the problem of each other and even help ourselves from there.

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Written by Udemezue John

Web developer| Digital Marketer| Entrepreneur.

I love sharing great things

You can connect with me on twitter @_udemezue

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