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How do I find out if I am funny enough to make a living being a comedian?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (13518points) February 13th, 2018

Or a comedy writer? From what you know from my online presence from RedDeerGuy1 and TallJasperMan? I’ve never done a open mic night and don’t know if I am funny enough. Would I be happy being either a comedy writer or comedian?

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johnpowell's avatar

It is possible. But that would mean actually doing something. Not really your strong suit.

I know that was dickish. But it is time to kinda accept the reality and go from there.

Consider your current situation the norm instead of dreaming. And work with that.

Seriously man. I love you to bits but the constant dreaming is preventing you from actually doing stuff. I would try to walk for a hour a day to get the juices flowing.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@johnpowell I can stick to making Jellies laugh for now. No rush.

ragingloli's avatar

Tell me a joke.

LostInParadise's avatar

To echo @johnpowell , This just seems like more of your idle fantasizing. If that keeps you happy then that is fine. It gives you something to do, but it does get a bit tiresome.

If you were serious about becoming a comedian, you would have gone to an open mic. If you are afraid of doing that or are unable to create a routine, you will not make it as a comedian. It is hard work and you have to expect some failure at the beginning.

Could you point out something particularly humorous that you have said on this site? I don’t mean to be rude, but I don’t recall ever reading anything from you that made me think, this guy has a genius for comedy.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@ragingloli I PM’ed you a private joke.

SergeantQueen's avatar

I want a joke too let me hear it

SergeantQueen's avatar

That question isn’t funny. In my opinion. I’ll look at other questions. Nothing you said on the thread was really funny it was someone else’s joke.

ragingloli's avatar

Not a good joke.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@ragingloli Yes its a groaner. But the line worked.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Just looked through tag a bit seems most of your questions are you encouraging other people to tell jokes/be humorous but you aren’t really yourself.—maybe in the comments, I haven’t read—-

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@SergeantQueen I PM’ed you a private adult joke (NSFW)

canidmajor's avatar

Being funny (which is pretty subjective) is a small part of being a comedian. It’s about performance. In front of strangers. On a stage. In person. These don’t seem to be your strong suits.
Even writing comedy material requires a lot of contact with real people to gauge how they respond to things.

It’s not really about the jokes so much as the delivery of the jokes.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@canidmajor Ba bunp ba da. Zing. At least I am having fun . Hopefully my jelly friends found a good laugh or two along the way. Like I told my school counselors I’m not a class clown I’m a freedom fighter.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@ragingloli Can you tell me one of your jokes? So I have something to strive for?

ragingloli's avatar

I only steal jokes from others.
Try stealing from Jimmy Carr.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@ragingloli Ok. Thanks. I like Jimmy Carr’s humor.

SergeantQueen's avatar

I honestly still don’t get the joke. I think, being a comedian, you would want to try and stay away from jokes that are too complicated or many people wouldn’t get. I have never seen star trek, star wars, hunger games, lord of the rings, harry potter, all those. People make jokes/ references about those a lot and I never find them funny because I can never understand.
Maybe make your jokes relatable, universal, and simple. Overly complicated jokes that require a lot of thinking and/or background knowledge might make sense to some people but if you are performing at a night club and people have been drinking and whatnot they might now work.

LostInParadise's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 , We apparently differ as to what is funny. I find it best to picture you as a precocious twelve year old (acute case of arrested development), and your sense of humor fits into that mold. I can’t begin to imagine you relating to an adult audience. No offense.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@SergeantQueen The joke is a real line that worked in real life. I don’t need it anymore. Feel free to share with others.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Why don’t you post 1 joke publicly?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 Maybe I should hang out with 12 year olds. One could light ones fart and they would think that you are Einstein. I got that one from TV.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Ok I will tell you my favorite Star Trek pick ups line that worked. Jadzia Dax from deep space 9 said it first. I asked my girlfriend if we could count each others “spots”. It worked.I had 29 and she had 129. I am grateful for Star Trek. They say that nerds never get any action. Defies logic. But this is the first time that Star Trek actually got someone a girlfriend. I want to say laid but I’m still never got past second base.

thisismyusername's avatar

@LostInParadise: “but it does get a bit tiresome”

Wow, you guys tire easily.

Who’s @RedDeerGuy1 hurting by asking the question?

The answer, as some have pointed out, is “go do open mic”. Period. If it works, it works.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@thisismyusername I will check what comedy venues are in Red Deer. Thanks.

Mimishu1995's avatar

A good comedian first knows how to make jokes without any reference to pop culture.

Seriously, references are pretty cheap. You don’t need to brainstorm, just pick up a line from your favorite show and you’re done.

Think about what makes your favorite show funny in the first place, then learn how to create comedy from them. All good comedy needs some kind of setup before they can get people to laugh.

zenvelo's avatar

Nothing funny about this thread.

I listen to a lot of podcasts about comics and entertainers, and how they got into the business. And quite a few were told “you make me laugh so much, have you ever tried stand-up?”

So if anyone ever said that to you, give it a shot at an open mic.

The other thing is it is a lot of work to make it in the business. And by “make it” , I am just saying get to the point where a club will let you open for someone.

After that, a lot of open mikes, a lot of opening for other people, a lot of travel.

SergeantQueen's avatar

There’s this comedian, I can’t remember his name but he has a show on netflix (or a stand-up not a show) called “3 mics” one is for emotional stuff, personal struggles, ones for one liners, and the other is for stand up comedy. You should watch him. He is really good and may give you inspiration. Watch a ton of stand up and don’t copy jokes but see what they joke about, how they deliver, etc.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@SergeantQueen I have am 1060 in Calgary. It is a 24 hours a day stand up comedy on the radio. I listened all night and haven’t gone to sleep yet. Thanks for the idea. I will check YouTube for Neal Brennan Thanks for the suggestion. He is funny.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Yeah, he talks in it about how he started from a real low so it may help you (meaning because you are starting from no experience and whatnot)

kritiper's avatar

Go to an open mike night at a comedy club and try your hand with your routine. See how the audience reacts, then do it again. Keep upgrading your act with YOUR jokes and gags, not someone else’s. If you get booed off the stage, get a clue…

Soubresaut's avatar

I think that I remember hearing some comedians talk about their journey to becoming successful comedians in interviews. It takes really thick skin—most say that everyone sucks at comedy when they begin, and you only get better through hard work and a willingness to go on stage and fail miserably, and learn from it. It takes a lot of study and trial-and-error and effort. It also takes some amount of luck, because in entertainment fields in particular there are usually a larger number of talented entertainers than number of opportunities… So being a comedian probably isn’t a great goal for anyone who isn’t seriously committed to comedy as a craft, and definitely not a sure bet even if you’ve developed comedic talent.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Like someone else said – so much of comedy is in the delivery. Material is one thing, but the best material in the world is still going to fall flat if the person can’t delivery it well. Vice-versa even the most stupid, banal shit can be funny if well delivered. Andy Kauffman is a great example. His lip-synching of the Mighty Mouse theme should be the most painfully unfunny thing ever. But Kauffman was a master of delivery and turns it into one of the most bizzare, brilliant pieces of comedy ever.

stanleybmanly's avatar

This one’s right up there with the other improbable careers you quiz us on without interruption. Wouldn’t you be terribly self conscious about the sores on your head?

thisismyusername's avatar

@stanleybmanly: “This one’s right up there with the other improbable careers you quiz us on without interruption. Wouldn’t you be terribly self conscious about the sores on your head?”

Inspiring and kind.

stanleybmanly's avatar

don’t misunderstand. What I said sounds frank and harsh. But RDG (I think) knows that I don’t wish him ill. Moreover, he’s tough enough to handle it. There was a time when I considered him too fragile for criticism and was frightened at the thought of how he might react. But whatever his eccentricities, the glory of RDG is in the fact that he’s tough as an old boot.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I think you should have a Plan B.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Here’s a good joke

A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery. He goes to the monastery, knocks on the door, and says, My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night? The monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a very strange sound. The next morning, he asks the monks what the sound was, but they say, We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.

The man is disappointed but thanks them anyway and goes about his merry way. Some years later, The same man breaks down in front of the same monastery. The monks again accept him, feed him, and again fix his car. That night, he hears the same strange noise that he had heard years earlier. The next morning, he asks what it is, but the monks reply, We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.

The man says, All right, all right. I’m dying to know.

If the only way I can find out what that sound was is to become a monk, how do I become a monk?

The monks reply, You must travel the earth and tell us how many blades of grass there are and the exact number of sand pebbles, when you find these numbers, you will become a monk. The man sets about his task. Some 54 years later, he returns and knocks on the door of the monastery.

He says, I have traveled the earth and have found what you have asked for. There are 145,236,284,232 blades of grass and 231,281,219,999,129,382 sand pebbles on the earth.

The monks reply, Congratulations. You are now a monk. We shall now show you the way to the sound.

The monks lead the man to a wooden door where the head monk says, The sound is right behind that door. The man reaches for the knob, but the door is locked.

He says, Real funny. May I have the key? The monks give him the key, and he opens the door. Behind the wooden door is another door made of stone.

The man demands the key to the stone door. The monks give him the key, and he opens it, only to find a door made of ruby. He demands another key from the monks, who provide it.

Behind that door is another door, this one made of sapphire, And so it went until the man had gone through doors of emerald, silver, topaz, and amethyst.

Finally, the monks say, This is the last key to the last door.

The man is relieved to know that he has finally reached to the end .

He unlocks the door, turns the knob, and behind that door he is amazed to find the source of that strange sound.

But he can’t tell you what it is because you’re not a monk.

Adagio's avatar

I haven’t heard a shaggy dog story for years :)

Mimishu1995's avatar

@SergeantQueen how do I become a monk?

Darth_Algar's avatar

^^^ Sit and stare at the wall for years.

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