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How to Decide if You Have the Skills as a Comedian and Comedy Writer

The life of a comedian is not necessarily easy. While those on the outside of the industry see someone on stage that makes them laugh, there is much more to it than that. You need to practice all the time to get your routine down to a fine art.

How to Decide if You Have the Skills as a Comedian and Comedy Writer

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The life of a comedian is not necessarily easy. While those on the outside of the industry see someone on stage that makes them laugh, there is much more to it than that. You need to practice all the time to get your routine down to a fine art. Then, since most entertainment occurs at night, you have to stay up half the night to entertain your audience. If you are a night owl, then you won’t find this a problem, but if you’re a lark – a person who wakens early in the morning, then it could pose a problem.

And there will be rejection, especially when you first start out. Very often audiences get drunk as the night wears on and then they may start to heckle you. Be prepared for a few rotten eggs or tomatoes. It may not come to that these days; more likely it will be boos, jeers and catcalls. The only thing to do is treat the hecklers with even more humor. If nothing works, then retire gracefully rather than getting angry which will do no good at all.

Traveling is another thing that most comedians must do to both further their careers and get gigs. If you don’t have a lot of different routines, you can hardly expect to play at the same pub every night. So you’ll be traveling all over your home city and then maybe to other cities. This will mean uprooting the family – if you have one. Or – more often – leaving them behind

Many comedians tour the country doing gigs booked by their agent, if they have one. They are apart from their families, and they have to pay for accommodations and food whether they are successful or not. Even if the club they play at puts them up, there is still the cost of travel and food.

Another problem may be the times of the week that entertainment usually occurs. That is, on the weekends. That’s when most workers have the time off, but you’ll have to work. This could be hard for your family and if you have children, you’ll miss being with them over the weekend, when they are free from school pressures.

And when the school puts on presentation nights or concerts in the night, you won’t be able to attend them – a great disappointment to your children. So being a comedian is not all roses; you work very hard, travel a lot and get not much sleep. You’ll surely be doing it all for the love of it, rather than any other reason.

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