Stand up comedy in Nigeria is a big deal. Over the years, we have seen how the comedy industry has evolved into a multi million natural industry,and today it boast of being one of the most vibrant comedy industry in the world and one of the best in Africa.
Right from the days of a night of a thousand laugh till now, there have have been tremendous change seeing the caliber of comedian the industry has produced and still are still trooping in to show case their craft and talent. For those upcoming acts that are looking at storming the industry real soon, these are some few tips you should check out.
The opening of a stand-up routine is the first joke that a comedian performs on stage. This joke is critical for getting the audience to enjoy the show by encouraging them to start laughing.
* Bits or Jokes
Comedians refer to their jokes as bits. All bits consist of a setup, punchline, and conclusion. Most funny jokes have endings that the audience doesn’t expect.
Stand-up comedy sets consist of multiple jokes, so comedians have to develop transitions to help the set smoothly progress from one bit to the next with conversational bridges.
The closing used by a stand-up comic is just as vital as the opening. Giving the audience a solid close helps leave the audience with a positive impression. Closer jokes usually call back to bits made earlier in the show.
How to Write Stand-Up Comedy
Developing your stand-up set takes significant amounts of preparation and practice. Following these steps can help set beginners up for success during their first time on stage
* Study Successful Comics
Every aspiring stand-up comedian should spend time studying other successful names in the industry. It is advantageous to compare the early acts of big-name comics to their recent performances. This practice allows you to see how they got better through the years.
Attending your local comedy club as an audience member is also a valuable experience. Study how the audience reacts to certain jokes to get a feel for the best way to deliver your set when it’s your turn to perform.
* Gather Material
The best comedians draw material for their sets directly from their personal experiences. Start by writing down what you’ve learned from your own life and thinking about how other people can relate. No matter how small your idea, writing it down can help inspire you to find humor in new places.
Many of the best performers are the ones who share the most. Opening up about your personal life can make you seem more relatable and help others find humor in shared experiences.
* Write Jokes
Approach joke writing like writing a story. Following a narrative arc can help the audience understand the bit and keep your set flowing.
In every joke you tell, you need to identify the characters, setting, and conflict. The bit’s punchline is the plot twist that takes the story’s conclusion somewhere different from what the audience expected.
Longer stories should include other funny moments or jab lines to keep the audience engaged. Plus, remember that good comedy primarily exists outside of your comfort zone, so continue to push limits.
* Create an Act
After you’ve written your jokes, you’ll need to assemble them into sets. The duration and amount of sets in your performance will depend on the length of your show.
Choosing how to arrange your jokes can be challenging, but just follow whatever order seems the most natural. It may be tempting to tell as many jokes as possible, but remember to leave extra time for laughter. Having backup bits is critical in case the audience doesn’t respond to your initial strategy.
Don’t forget the importance of transitions. Writing a good link will help link your bits together into one solid performance.
* Develop and Open and Close
Your opening and closing jokes are crucial aspects of any good stand-up comedy set. The opening sets the tone and introduces you to the audience, while the ending makes the biggest impression on what the audience remembers.
Keeping your best bits for last is a safe strategy to ensure that you end on a positive note. Reintroducing material from earlier parts of the show in the closing is also an excellent way to help your set feel more cohesive
* Practice In Front of Others
You will never know how good your set is until you practice it in front of an audience. Rehearsing your routines in front of family and friends is an excellent way to gain confidence and benefit from honest feedback,
Practicing will also help you memorize your routine faster and discover the best pacing for optimal delivery. You can also work on any aspects of your physical presence or gestures that may enhance joke delivery.
No matter how good you think your set is, you should always be open to changes. Treat your audience like your editor and edit according to their reactions.
Basketmouth & Wife, Elsie Okpocha Share First Photos of Their New Baby Girl
Nigerian comedian Basketmouth and his wife, Elsie Okpocha have shared first photos of their cute baby girl, Maya Okpocha who they welcomed in June, 2021.
In the early hours of today, Basketmouth posted on his Instagram a photo of his new baby dressed in a tulle gown decorated with a pearl bead.
He captioned: “Her name is Maya…Maya Okpocha. P.S: Now I have to buy a new gun.”
His wife Elsie, posted hours later. She shared photos of her daughter tenderly wrapped up in a red swaddle and matching flower crown, captioning the pictures with a testimony on how she welcomed her little angel into the world.
“My Little Miracle…..
So let me share my testimony with you
So on the day i put to birth, i was rejected by 2 hospitals(i had registered in one of them ) even though labour had started and my contractions were happening every 2minutes, their reason was that I hadn’t done my antenatal with them so they didn’t want to take me in case there was an emergency,
So after 40mins of driving back and forth, i was eventually admitted to Reddington Hospital in VI, i can only thank God it was midnight so there was no traffic, so while in the labour room, my water broke and i had a cord Prolapse…. (Never heard of it until that day)
So a Cord Prolapse is when the cord comes out of the uterus before the baby, when this happens, it can result in a loss of oxygen to the baby, and may even result in a stillbirth.
But God was gracious, he was kind, he didn’t let the Devil win…. When i saw the Doctor and Nurses Panic, i knew Something was wrong, in that moment of fear, I started to declare life for myself and my baby, thankfully God came through as always
Fortunately the Doctor knew the emergency steps to take to keep my baby alive while they prepared me for an emergency CS, the CS doctor arrived in good time and i had my baby who is well and alive.Thank you Lord.”
Congratulations to the couple on the expansion of their brood. This is their third child together, and fourth child for Basketmouth.
Check Out Celebrities Who Showed Up In Glam For AY Makun’s 50th Birthday Party
Your favorite celebrities went all out and showed up in glam for comedian AY Makun’s 50th birthday on Wednesday night, August 26.
Nollywood stars, Reality TV stars, comedians and the biggest names in the entertainment industry came to celebrate with AY and his family. The occasion was magnificent for both the celebrant and everyone present.
Ahead are some of your favorite celebrities who showed up for the event looking fabulous!
Comedian AY Shares New Photos For His 50th Birthday
Popular Nigerian comedian, Richard Ayodeji Makun better known as AY is turning a year older today. To celebrate his big 50th birthday, the actor and film producer isn’t leaving any stone unturned as he shares series of stylish photos of himself.
In these photos, AY rocks four different outfits all styled by Medlinboss. Captioning them, AY wrote: “What looked like an impossible climb is landing me on the 5th floor in style. To God be all the glory #leoman #50shadesofhustle”
“Getting older but my inner child is ageless,” the award-winning filmmaker added as he shared more photos from his birthday shoot.
Ahead, check out handsome shots of comedian AY!
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