Last night, I stood up in front of around 100+ people at the SitDown Comedy Club in Brisbane, as part of the RAW Comedy 2020 competition. It was a fantatsic night. I had an incredible experience on stage, and I am absolutely thrilled to be able to share the video with you all.
It was a very strong heat, with 14 people, including myself, all competing. Normally they select a maximum of 4 people to go through to the next round, but due to such a strong field, 5 people went through. Unfortunately I think I just missed the cut.
Check out the video below. The opening minute gains 2 big laughs....which was phenomenal.
I’m super excited at the moment. I have secured my 14th stand-up gig, in the beautiful city of Wellington in New Zealand and my 15th at the RAW Comedy 2020. Certainly one of the biggest stand-up competitions in Australia. 🚀
Click on the pic to see details of my Heat 6 gig:
So how does comedy work?
Let’s talk about the basics. Firstly you need a microphone, a great sound system and load of excited people who want to laugh. The sound system is very important, as you can use the nuance and tone of your voice to really draw out the comedy.
This is why Comedy Clubs were invented. My local club is in Paddington, it’s called the SitDown Comedy club and I’m performing there for my 2nd time at the RAW. Check out the video to my very first standup gig....it' funny....🤣
There are 3 important components to comedy:
But…and here is the kicker…it’s need to be 100% natural for you…so you need to be very comfortable and work on your natural abilities.
Many open-mic comedians focus a lot on number 3…which is good to start with…but once you become more experienced….about my level….then focus more on number 1 and number 2.
Here is a great video that outlines these basic concepts:
The next piece that is important is how you structure your material. The way to think of comedy laugh is consisting of 3 parts:
Here is one I prepared earlier:
For beginners, the laugh will be small or not at all.
Remember, just because someone doesn’t physically laugh at your material, doesn’t mean they don’t think it’s funny.
I always make a joke when no-one laughs at my punchline…as it’s unexpected and appears improvised. It also builds empathy with the audience. Did you see I did that in the video too....watch back if you missed it. 😍
That’s it for today guys. Go forth, be funny and record some videos of yourselves having fun! 📹📽📸
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Paul Colmer is an AWS Senior Technical Trainer. Paul has an infectious passion for inspring others to learn and to applying disruptive thinking in an engaging and positive way.