Don’t Attack a Member of the Audience – That is, unless he asks for it. It can be fun to joke about audience members, but be careful which ones you mess with. A good rule is to go after the audience members who heckle or seem to “ask” for it. If they ask for it, they want it. Don’t Joke About Bombing Until You’ve Really Bombed – If one joke doesn’t go over as planned, you haven’t bombed. If three or four go bad, then bring in the bombing jokes. Your audience may think you’re doing great, but if you joke about bombing too early, you’ll let them know that something went wrong. Never admit defeat until you’re sure.

Take Jokes Well – Many comedians can tell great jokes, but they can’t take one. Keep your sense of humor. After all, the best source of funny material is often yourself. Realize That it’s Hard to Make People Laugh – It’s easier to scare someone than it is to make someone laugh. People laugh for different reasons. Some people like witty jokes, but hate physical comedy and others hate dirty jokes, but love funny stories. A successful stand-up comedian knows how to “read” what an audience will think is funny and can deliver the goods. Stay Within Your

Time Limits – Finish your set when you’re supposed to. It’s unprofessional go into the next stand-up comedian’s time. You wouldn’t appreciate it if another stand-up comedian took your time, so don’t do it to others.

Don’t Attack a Member of the Audience – That is, unless he asks for it. It can be fun to joke about audience members, but be careful which ones you mess with. A good rule is to go after the audience members who heckle or seem to “ask” for it. If they ask for it, they want it.

Don’t Joke About Bombing Until You’ve Really Bombed – If one joke doesn’t go over as planned, you haven’t bombed. If three or four go bad, then bring in the bombing jokes. Your audience may think you’re doing great, but if you joke about bombing too early, you’ll let them know that something went wrong. Never admit defeat until you’re sure.

Take Jokes Well – Many comedians can tell great jokes, but they can’t take one. Keep your sense of humor. After all, the best source of funny material is often yourself. Realize That it’s

Hard to Make People Laugh – It’s easier to scare someone than it is to make someone laugh. People laugh for different reasons. Some people like witty jokes, but hate physical comedy and others hate dirty jokes, but love funny stories. A successful stand-up comedian knows how to “read” what an audience will think is funny and can deliver the goods. Stay Within Your

Time Limits – Finish your set when you’re supposed to. It’s unprofessional go into the next stand-up comedian’s time. You wouldn’t appreciate it if another stand-up comedian took your time, so don’t do it to others.

Don’t Copy or “Steal” Jokes from Other Comedians – Never steal jokes or material from other stand-up comedians. If you can’t come up with original material on your own, you should probably rethink being a stand-up comedian. Stealing will only hurt your career.

Memorize Your Material, but Be Ready to Improvise – It’s always best to memorize your set so you can focus on your delivery without having to worry about remembering. However, make sure you sound natural when performing your memorized material and always be ready to improvise. You never know where the audience may lead you.

Don’t Criticize Other Comedians – Criticizing, judging, or making fun of other stand-up comedians in a negative way will damage your career. The world of stand-up comedy is a small one. If you’re good, you don’t need to put the competition down.

Video Tape Your Performances – Want an easy way to improve your performances? Have someone video tape them for you and then watch them back. Many times, you’ll find lots of surprises when watching a video of your set. You’ll find things that horrify you and things that you’ll definitely want to repeat again in the future.

Always Be Professional – If you want to make it as a stand-up comedian, you’ve got to take it seriously and treat it as your business. Your job is “stand-up comedian,” so be professional with everyone from your audience to club owners and other comedians. Professionals always win the game.