As in the case of any industry, the industry of quipsters is not without competition and obstacles. What you see and what you are inspired by is the man or woman performing on stage with a confidence about them and such ease that makes everybody laugh until they get a stitch or two. However, as in the case of any profession, there are things that nobody will tell you out openly. Here they are and they are also what you really need to know if you are going to become a humorist.
It is much harder than it looks
Micky Flanagan, Russell Peters. John Bishop and the likes make it look like they went from talking with their friends over a glass of chilled beer to straight away commanding the attention of audiences that fill up theatres every time that they perform. The truth is that none of these people are overnight successes. Even if they may have that label attached to them, you will see if you do research how much work and time went into them getting to where they are today. It’s not about providing corporate entertainment sydney. It’s not about making people laugh at a celebration. It’s about making people see what they usually dismiss in real life and therefore causing them to laugh with surprise.
It’s as simple as that. You cannot be the hottest commodity on the corporate entertainment hire list and not lie. Sometimes, it is an exaggeration of the truth but they always do put in a bag or two of salt to what they are saying. See, telling the truth is easy. Making people listen to it is hard, making people listen to it and laugh about it is next to impossible. Therefore know that there is always an exaggeration of truth, manipulation of truth or fabrication involved.
The critics can be ignored sometimes
If you want to be a good humorist listen to the critics. If you want to be a successful humorist learn from their feedback and ignore them. Sounds harsh right? Well, that’s the only way. Focus on the people sitting at the front who paid for their tickets to come and see you perform. Ignore the critics on the last row posed with their pens at the ready. A great review is very well to boost your ego but a good word of mouth will give you the best PR ever and a gig that is sold out will certainly pay all your bills.