It’s not for everyone! But some of the most famous entertainers in the UK either started out or still do stand-up comedy. It is a big industry but also one which is hard to crack. No qualifications needed this is all about your personality and your entertainment skills……

Is it for you?

  • Are you actually funny?! Have some interesting and funny stories that you can build on
  • Have you got the stamina? Whether you do a residency at an entertainment venue or you tour from location to location – the schedule for a comedian can be very long and demanding
  • Are you resilient – you need to prove yourself to get on that stage and to get in with an agent and may have a lot of knock backs along the way

Top Tips:

  • Practice and Refine your act – Start small and try out your ‘act’ – on friends, family at social clubs and local venues (see below article about starting at university with your local uni comedy club and stand up nights)
  • Learn from the best – as is often quoted a good joke is all about the delivery, structure and timing – watch, listen, learn to other comedians and how they do it and to help you carve out your own ‘style’ and to bring something unique to the audiences

Useful Resources:

Paul Merton Top Tips on becoming a Comedian: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29739883

How to get started in comedy at University: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/going-out/some-laughing-matter-how-to-getstarted-in-comedy-at-university-9107373.html

Entertainer Job Profiles and advice from National Career Service: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/entertainer.aspx

British Comedy guides UK and forums: http://www.comedy.co.uk/forums/

Dream Job Comedian – advice, tips and expected salary (US/Canada) http://www.salary.com/dream-job-comedian/

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