How To Improve Your Stand-Up Performance

Posted on: 14 October 2015


If you're an aspiring young comic who is looking to improve your stand-up performance, then there are plenty of things you can do. The great comics have all dedicated themselves to their craft. Do the same and hone your skills by following some of the advice below.

Practice Your Routine On Your Own….And Video Tape It

In order to be a good stand up comic, you need to know how you look when you're performing. It's vital in understanding if you're exhibiting any nervous tics, or moving in a manner that is hurting your delivery. You might be moving too slow, pacing too much, or staring down at the ground. By videotaping your routine on your own, you can adjust your physical movements and pacing before you step on stage in front of an audience.

Take A Class In Improvisation

You are eventually going to be performing in front of an audience. An audience is unpredictable. You might have to deal with hecklers. You might also want to incorporate an unresponsive audience into the routine to liven up the set.

An improv class is going to teach you how to think on your feet. Even if you don't plan on doing improv style stand-up, it would be a good lesson in how to use the immediate situation to your comedic benefit.

Take An Acting Class

If you are nervous on stage, or just confused about how to move around, then you should definitely take an acting class. The main benefit to the acting class will be that you will learn how to conduct yourself on stage, in front of other people. This is especially powerful for people who are stuck in front of the microphone, unsure about how to even move their hands. Actors who train for the stage learn how to move around and create dynamic tension in a small space while still delivering their lines. Use this information to improve your comedic set.

Record Your Routines In Comedy Clubs

Once you've started playing in the clubs, you need to record your routines. You can do this with a small audio recorded. What's important is that you hear the audience's reaction to your material. You want to hear what they find funny, where they are laughing. The moments in your set where there are dead spots, or when you flow into a joke too soon and don't let the audience stop laughing, are the spots where you need to adjust your routine. Go to websites about comedians for more information.