Comedian: (n) an entertainer whose act is designed to make an audience laugh
If you tell a couple of jokes at several parties in a row, you’ll start hearing your friends proclaim, “You could be a comedian!”
And when you bashfully turn your head, they insist, “No, no! You could do stand-up.”
I’ve been funny all my life. I know how to make people laugh. That does not make me a comedian.
That makes me lucky.
That makes me interesting.
Sometimes it even makes me valuable.
But to sustain a routine which continually makes people laugh is truly a masterful gift.
Even though I, myself, would not want to try stand-up comedy, I have taken the time to study it quite thoroughly. It has three major ingredients:
- You have to be willing to insult people because you’ve already insulted yourself.
- You need to be overcoming something and not afraid to talk about it in vivid or even gross detail.
- You need to insert just enough pathos and emotion that the audience is breathless to hear more.
Now, if you think a mere amateur can pull off these things, you should go out and sign up for open mic night–at your local pizza place.