Timing, practice, cultural and political observation skills, a developing vocabulary, a tolerance for cigarette smoke, a willingness to travel, a few occurrence of being booed off the stage that you take the trouble to learn from, its an interesting path to take. One comedian told me that there is a lot of money to be had in corporate entertainment as well.
Practice, practice, practice. Gotta be able to take the negatives in your life and also in the world - flip it around and make it funny. (as Katt Williams says) You've got to be able to relate to people - sometimes a certain crowd will automatically come to you, but to be a successful comedian all-around, you must be able to come up with topics that anyone can relate to.
I'm not a professional, but, I do know a few people who do comedy routines and MC at clubs. They pretty much perform for a target audience, and, rarely do anything considered mainstream. But, they do make money doing what they do.
I think it is very cool to see that some of these guys have made quite a name for themselves. I actually got on stage and sang in front of about 200 people a couple months ago, and I was nervous as hell.
I think I would be more at ease doing comedy, then singing.
But, I sometimes wonder if I would be better as a writer, than actually getting on stage and making a total ass of myself.
But, you never know how people will react.
You have to at least have legs. You can get by with one but standup is easier with two.
I only know about Graham Jolley who is the entertainer, magician and illusionist for all type of event in the UK. For getting more details about Graham Jolley visit mindreader.co.uk
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