Taryn Ariel works at a world-renowned talent agency in New York City. Drawing upon her experience working in the agency’s comedy department, Taryn shares a series of articles with The Media Chronicles featuring tips and advice for those looking to make it in the competitive comedy industry.
It’s no coincidence that many of the world’s greatest comedians are also some of the smartest and well read! It’s not easy to make it in comedy, and besides that, it’s also a lot of hard work. They write material, practice material, and bomb material – over and over (lather, rinse, repeat) until they have even just a solid 10 minutes of material. But don’t let that dissuade you! Every great comedian starts out this way, and continues that way, too. Even if you are a great star, you still have to come up with new material that works, and it’s the same process each time.
Write, write, write.
Just because you have 15 minutes of material, doesn’t mean you have a good 15 minutes of material. Write 2 hours of materials! Try it all out and cut down to the best 15 minutes.
Practice, practice, practice.
Especially when you are starting out. Do stand up at any place you can. Offer to host people’s shows, and never turn down an opener gig.
Make sure people know where to find you!
Make videos and a website, and keep it updated letting people know where you are performing.
Create a comedy community.
Collaborate with people. The more connections you have, the better. Get involved in group shows, and reciprocate when you can.
Find your voice.
What makes you different?