Comedy can be considered both an art and an entertainment method. It has been one of the most popular theater genres and has evolved tremendously in the past years. Comedy clubs popped up everywhere in the world thanks to our desire to laugh. There are many people that made a whole career from their talent of making others laugh. Being a good comedian takes a lot of work. Many believe that it is more about creativity and hard work rather than talent. We have selected some of the best ways to improve your comedic skills in order to become the next stand-up comedy superstar or to just make your friends laugh.
Learn from The Professionals
The best way to see what kind of jokes work is to learn from the professionals. Watch some stand-up or even comedy movies and see what elements make you laugh. You will see that the two genres of entertainment are very similar. Take the elements that make you laugh and incorporate them in your own style. Try not to take the joke itself because there is a high probability that others have seen the movies and will know that you copied the material.
Test Out Your Jokes
Test your jokes or sketches on your friends. If you want to go and try your luck at a comedy club, it is recommended that you test your jokes before arriving there. No one wants to tell a joke and then see that the room is silent. Don’t tell your friends specifically that you are testing a new joke. Just hang out and find the right time to tell it. Watch their reactions and see if your joke is good or not.
Learn how to make funny exaggerations. Many comedians use this technique in order to enhance their stories. Even a daily event can be transformed in a signature sketch with the right words. But don’t go too extreme. Try to balance your joke and use exaggerations only to emphasize some specific moments. If you go too far people, will feel that the story is not real, and you will probably get a silent room.
Learn how to make the end of the story the main point. If you want to get a good laugh after your joke, you should concentrate part of your attention on the ending. Try to build up tension and humor until this point. This way, the moment you end you joke, the room will be bursting into laughter.
Rehearse in front of the mirror. You can be your own best critic. The joke itself is important, but the body language can make the big difference. After you choose your joke, try to see how you look when saying it. You may discover some mimics or body language elements that you have and don’t like. Or you may discover some elements you weren’t even aware of that are amazing. And the most important thing, always listen to the feed-back you receive. This is the best way to see what you have to improve.