Source: Laughing Buddha Comedy Weekly Updates – Tip of the Week
August 16, 2021
Great advice for speakers too! I’ve bolded my favorites.
- If you can be yourself on stage nobody else can be you and you have the law of supply and demand covered.
- The act is something you fall back on if you can’t think of anything else to say.
- Only do what you think is funny, never just what you think they will like, even though it’s not that funny to you.
- Never ask them is this funny – you tell them this is funny.
- You are not married to any of this sh*t – if something happens, taking you off on a tangent, NEVER go back and finish a bit, just move on.
- NEVER ask the audience “How You Doing?” People who do that can’t think of an opening line. They came to see you to tell them how they’re doing, asking that stupid question up front just digs a hole. This is The Most Common Mistake made by performers. I want to leave as soon as they say that.
- Write what entertains you. If you can’t be funny be interesting. You haven’t lost the crowd. Have something to say and then do it in a funny way.
- I close my eyes and walk out there and that’s where I start, Honest.
- Listen to what you are saying, ask yourself, “Why am I saying it, and is it Necessary?” (This will filter all your material and cut the unnecessary words, economy of words)
- Play to the top of the intelligence of the room. There aren’t any bad crowds, just wrong choices.
If you want to learn more about Bill Hicks, click here for his biography on Britanica.com.