What Makes a Joke Funny for a Stand Up Comedian

Comedy is a genre that almost everyone likes. Comedians make a reputation of entertaining their audience with good jokes. Jokes can either be scripted or just thought out at the moment it was uttered. Good comedians can deliver jokes in the most entertaining manner, making sure a wide audience understands the humor. Writing jokes is not as simple as writing pick-up lines. Jokes should be both humorous and entertaining. They are not meant to be sensible, although there are comedians who write jokes that make sense, yet funny at the same time. The jokes that a comedian makes will be most entertaining if they match with the comedian’s personality. It is not that easy to develop a comedic personality on stage. It will take several performances before a comedian can create his or her own image that will last in the minds of the audience. Being funny is the prerequisite of being comedian, simply because making people laugh is the comedian’s main objective. Writing jokes using a simple formula can help improve humor for a comedian.

The most effective formula in writing jokes is the “set up – punchline” formula. Most stand up comedians follow this equation is creating very humorous jokes. You should not wonder why many comedians get so far just because of their famous jokes. This way of formulating jokes is entirely different from imitation. Many new comedians would try to imitate someone who is famous or widely popular to a specific audience. This kind of comedic stunt is still humorous but contains very long and rambling punch lines, which can be a bit wordy. Some of the audience might not be able to catch up to joke.

An effective way for an aspiring comedian to make it big in the industry is by writing down all the thought and words that the comedian finds funny. Once all has been listed, the comedian can then begin the editing process. The difficult part in this process is when these ideas will be reduced to at least two sentence. The first sentence is for the set up and the other for the punchline. More than two sentences may need to be reduced to two if the joke has already become too wordy. The end result of this type of exercise is laughable and natural joke. A comedian gains more confidence is he or she is able to produce effective one-liner jokes.

Oftentimes, new comedians get ideas about how to perform stand up comedy through television. The downside to this is a lack of originality. Too much watching of performances from other comedians can greatly influence a comedian’s way of joking. Green jokes and unethical jokes may become more used rather than wholesome yet humorous punch lines. The basic element in creating a joke is making the ending surprising. The standard “set-up, punchline” formula will become most effective if you have already compiled a list of wholesome jokes that might entertain a wide set of audience. Foul language and obscene subjects are not always the best resources in making the most humorous jokes.