So you want to be a stand-up comedian eh? Well you’ve come to the right place. In order to get you started on your journey to fame and fortune you are going to need some tools. The first thing that I want you to do today is acquire a notebook. Keep this notebook with you at all times, ideally with a way to write in it as well. To me stand-up comedy is kind of like the scientific process of reporting what happened the other day. Of course I’m joking a bit but the point is it is important to document everything and this starts today.
Anytime you see something out of the ordinary jot it down. Things that don’t add up, thing’s that are ironic, thing’s that stand out to you or that you find interesting. When you go back through your notebook to write jokes it is very helpful to have tons of ideas to draw on. The best way to get a good idea is to have lots of ideas so write down everything you might want to remember later.
I really do think that an old fashioned notebook is best too. I know there are tons of ways to digitally take notes either on a phone a table or a computer but I find that it’s best to use a real life brick and mortar note book. Your notebook will never run out of batteries. It will never accidentally delete your files. I find that it’s a more authentic experience as a comedian to actually write your jokes in a real notebook and for me makes it easier to remember them as well.
As a comedian your first job is to write, a lot. You can be funny off the cuffs which is great but you also need to be diligent with your writing. Your ideas for now are like the life blood of your profession. They are personal, unique and incredibly valuable. Even if your idea isn’t perfect right now you can come back to it and make it work later. As you begin to develop a better understanding of what constitutes a joke and how to go about writing them you can always revisit your old ideas and make them work. That is all provided that you have them in the first place.
Basically, to sum it up, notebooks and ideas are incredibly important. There is no such thing as having too much material. So for today, on your first day as a comedian, your only assignment is to get your first notebook. Keep it on you or nearby and start documenting your stand-up journey today. There is no wrong way to start writing, just start writing!