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Tracy Morgan Stand-Up Show

In case you didn’t know, last night was the premiere of Tracy Morgan’s new stand up special on Comedy Central. This show was one of the best stand up performances from Morgan who has seen a lot of much-deserved success. Most people know Morgan from shows like Saturday Night Live and more recently 30 Rock, both on NBC. However, like most comedians he got himself into the industry by way of stand up and it was good to see he’s still got it.

If you’ve seen Tracy Morgan do any interview you know that you never know what to expect. He could be high on something and just say the most outrageous things a person can think of. He’s developed quite an underground cult following on top of his mainstream success because of this.

This stand up performance was pretty tame compared to what you might expect out of Tracy Morgan but it was hilarious none-the-less. It would take a lot of guts or stupidity to go out high on stage for a Comedy Central Special.  It’s understandable that he took the more conservative approach but his stand up was anything but conservative. He probably said just about everything he could possibly get away with on Comedy Central.

It’s not just his writing that gets you laughing, it’s really Morgan’s delivery that really gets you laughing because you can actually get an image of the things he’s describing and the way he says certain things is just hilarious. One of the greatest comedians of our time for sure. He is the element that takes 30 Rock to the next level and he did the same for SNL as well.

If you haven’t seen Tracy Morgan’s new comedy special on Comedy Central I’m sure they will show it again a 100 in the next month, so I’m sure you’ll see it.

Best Stand Up Comedy

Being on stage and trying to make people laugh at your jokes and antics shouldn’t be impossible to do if you are gifted with a natural sense of humor. However, some people who believe they are gifted with the talent to make people laugh often end up disappointing their audience because of their corny and flat jokes. Somehow, you don’t want to end up a disappointment to your audience as well. This is why you need to make sure that you are well-prepared enough to do the best stand up comedy performance each time you are in front of them.

So, how do you prepare yourself to deliver the best stand up comedy performance that will tickle every funny bone in your audience’s body? Below are the necessary preparations you can take in order to deliver the best comedy routine everyone will surely remember:

1. You need great material. This is the most important aspect of being a stand-up comic. You should have funny material that everyone can relate to and laugh about. If you are trying to tell a funny story, for example, you need material to be as close to the recent events as possible in order to create the greatest impact when you perform it to the audience. More importantly, even if you meant to do a “spoof”, you need your material to be original and not copied from anyone else. This is what everyone would expect from the best stand-up comedy.

2. Rehearse your material well. Even though you think you are naturally funny, you still need to rehearse your material in order to make sure that you will be able to deliver it well when you are in front of your audience. As much as possible, if you have a best friend or some siblings, try to rehearse it with them like it is your actual performance. Study their reactions and get feedback from them as to how they would assess your performance. If you have no one else to critique the material for you, then you can record yourself while doing your rehearsal. You need to know whether or not you would need to adjust your manner of delivery. You need to polish your material to make sure that any type of audience will get your “punch lines”. Also, your jokes need to sound funny rather than offensive.

3. It is not funny to use up time that is not yours. Learn to stay within your allotted time when it is your time to perform.

4. Take inspiration from famous stand-up comedians. No, you don’t have to follow their style. Just draw inspiration from them. You may want to watch their characteristics and see whether there are lessons you can get from the timing and manner of delivery of the best stand-up comedy.

5. Ad lib gracefully when you have forgotten your piece. No matter how hard you familiarize or memorize your material, there may be times when a mental block is really uncalled for. In this case, don’t panic and try to redeem yourself from that mental block state by making a graceful ad lib that anyone wouldn’t even notice.

Be A Comedian

With the increasing volume of problems and economic crunches bearing impact on a greater number of people worldwide, it is no wonder why there are more comedians rising up these days than there are dramatic actors and other kinds of entertainers.

People are recognizing the importance of having a good laugh amid the problems that hound them everyday. Thus, there are more and more entertainers who aim to get the attention of the entertainment market through becoming comedians.

Getting involved in comedy productions is really a tough task, especially nowadays when the audience is getting sick of the usual antics and slapstick comedy.

It is imperative for a comedian to have the genuine talent of cracking humor and of mastering comic timing in the execution of jokes and other comedy acts to be able to tickle the senses of audience.

When watching comedians at play on stage, in movies or in television, you might have the impression that becoming a comedian is relatively a lucrative form of earning, as it is very easy. Indeed, it is lucrative, but the assertion that it is easy is very much debatable.

Entertainment experts always emphasize that it is much easier to make audience cry than to make them have a really good laugh. Take note that comedians take more time in preparations compared to singers and dramatic actors.

Beginners

If you are aspiring to take an entertainment career by becoming a comedian, you should know that you would have to first set goals and know about the business you are about to penetrate.

There is nothing better than being equipped and knowing the industry’s know-how’s before you aim to get into comedy. Remember, there are thousands of comedians who attempt to set careers in different comedy platforms, but only few really make it big.

It isn’t enough that you are confident and have the knack and interest in becoming a laugh catalyst. It would certainly help if you decide early what style of comedy you would employ and focus on.

To begin with, there are six basic styles of comedy. Most of them branched out from the early Greek theater. You will notice that each style has its own element and demands. These styles are the black comedy, satire, parody, adage, irony and alternative comedy.

How to decide which style is best for you

You should focus on one style of comedy, or integrate two or more, or all, when you prepare your script or antics for a comedy act. To be effective, take note of the demographics and general characteristics of your audience.

Be sure not to be offensive to some audiences. You could do so by avoiding sexist and anti-religion and cultural jokes. Have knowledge about the six comedy styles you could employ.

To use black comedy, you should have the guts to devise jokes involving tragedies and serious situations like war, sickness, plague, murder, suicides and others. There are several people, and some of them may unfortunately be among your audience, who find such antics distasteful and offensive.

Several comedians are making fun of President Bush, Bin Laden and other political figures. If you want to come up with similar antics, then you are getting into another style of comedy known as satire. Usually, satires not just ridicule political figures. They also invoke a political statement, usually disagreement with a political concept.

When the audiences are too technical, like engineers, doctors and scientists, you should pull out jokes that involve jargons and technicals involved in their professions. This style of comedy is referred to as adage. Because such comedy is not for general consumption, cracking them to a generalized audience would not be wise.

Parody is that popular comedy style when you want to make a spoof of a popular work of another artist. For example, the movie “Scary Movie” is a parody into several other Hollywood movies. This style of comedy is sure to make people laugh, but be sure the audience is familiar with the work you are making a spoof at, or they won’t appreciate your jokes.

Irony is one comedy style that needs a intensive script that should be religiously followed. In this style, the audience will laugh at a situation where the comedian plots an activity or end result but ends up having unplanned situations. TV Sitcoms are full of ironies.

If all else doesn’t work, your last resort would be alternative comedy. Alternative comedy relies on antics, slapsticks and many other physical and verbal tricks to tickle the audience.

Now that you know the basics, decide. Which style is best for you?