Professional stand up comic Lisa Corrao discusses the tools you need for stand up comedy, such as your words and thoughts,
notebook, pen, voice recorder, video camera, watch and books.
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On behalf of tvlesson.com, I’m Lisa Corrao. I’m a stand up comedian, lisacorrao.com. Okay, in this clip, I’m going to show you how to get your tool kit ready for comedy. Now, by tools I’m not saying that you’re a plumber or a fisherman or something like that. I’m also not saying that you’re necessarily a prop comic. I’m not saying if you are or you aren’t whatever. In fact, actually the good thing about a stand up comedy is the only thing that you really need are your words, and your thoughts, unless you’re carrot top thing then you need a giant trunk too. But there are some tools that can help you kind of get started. First of all, you need a notebook, and a pen, duh. Okay, real simple, you’re going to write down your ideas somewhere, right? And I recommend writing down every little idea, even if it’s not a full pledge of joke yet, just a weird funny observation could be a great joke later. Okay, definitely write down what you’re family is doing, what your friends are doing, what you see stupid people doing. Write down everything. If you have a weird dream, write it, you never know what’s going to turn in to great material. Also a voice recorder, that’s your phone Lisa, I know that’s my phone. Most phones have voice recorders now, so record yourself. Video camera, this is so weird, a camera, videoing a camera. Well, okay, get a basic video camera, they are not that expensive now a days, and why? So you can record your performance. How are you going to know if it was good or not, in that way you can wick your material too. Very important to review what you just did. Sometimes it’s hard to watch yourself but you got to do it. High tech, get a watch, you have to know how much time you’re doing on stage, and it doesn’t hurt to glance at your watch. Time yourself, get a watch. Okay, some comedians are not going to agree on me with this but, books, so many books about stand up comedy, this one is my favorite actually. And why not read some stuff and you can learn some great things. There’s great advice in here. And some great stories, and the thing is, take it with a great insult. Not all advices are going to steer you in the right direction, but read them anyway. Those are your tools for stand up comedy. On behalf to tvlesson.com, this is Lisa Corrao, thanks for watching.