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If you want to be a stand up comedian, it's not enough to just be funny and be able to make your friends laugh. You will need to study the masters (the great comedians) and learn from them. Things such as stage presence, timing, crowd control, and other things that go beyond the content of a set. It's important to learn how to take your set and work it out so that it can work better in front of an audience. Many comedians who are just starting out spend countless hours refining their set on paper and fail to take into account the complexity of working the state. So, the best way to improve your set, besides working it out on stage, is to study the masters. Here are some stand up specials to look at.
Eddie Murphy: Raw and Delirious
Eddie Murphy became a world wide famous Hollywood star, but he fist burst onto the scene as a fantastic stand up. His two specials, Raw and Delirious, were to of the most influential comedic specials of the 1980s. For any standup who is looking to improve their physical control of the stage, then they need to watch these specials. Murphy was a dynamic and exciting comedian. Everyone from Kevin Hart to Dane Cook have been inspired by Murphy. The classic stand up set was much more static, with the comedian standing in place and speaking to the audience. Murphy broke this formula. You can see how he paces and gestures and interacts with the audience.
George Carlin: Jammin In New York
You don't have to be a frantic and dynamic comedian if you don't want to. You can look at comics such as George Carlin who achieved stardom without being a comedian who paced around and created lots of physical energy. His energy comes from his rhythm and delivery. Whereas Murphy's set showed how physical movement ties into a set, Carlin shows how rhythm and delivery is so important. The way he pauses and stresses words, seemingly subtle things, enhance the jokes. You can learn how your attitude can turn a regular set into a unforgettable one.
Richard Pryor: Live On The Sunset Strip
Pryor is a contemporary of Carlin. He is one of the most influential comedians in the entire world. All you have to do is look to Eddie Murphy (who dressed in red leather, which was an homage to Pryor's red suit in his Live On The Sunset Strip). Pryor is someone to study to learn how to incorporate a story into your routine. He's the master at working jokes into a narrative. So, if you're having trouble turning you jokes and one liners into a cohesive story, study Pryor.
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3 August 2017