Here’s what I’m asking you to do: put aside your crippling insecurities, sit down at your desk and try to write funny jokes. Even if you’re not a writer, or funny – that’s what I’m asking you do. Alright, now all you need to do is get on-stage in front 10-50 people and tell those jokes. Just like that, you’ve done stand-up comedy.
It’s rich coming from me (a guy who writes stand-up comedy bits secretly and will never read them aloud) to say that you have to try live comedy. I’m readying up to give it a go but in the meantime, here are five reasons it could benefit you to take the leap of faith.
1. Prove to yourself you’ll do anything
If you can do stand-up comedy then you can pretty much do anything. Nothing will test you as hard as putting your entire social reputation on the line to tell dumb jokes about your cat. But if you need encouragement, people think that the Big Bang Theory is funny, so the bar is set pretty low.
2. Be in the top percentage of brave people in the world
Supposedly, people fear public speaking more than death. If you can get over your fears and publicly do stand-up comedy not only will you be considered a legitimate comic but also earn the title as a Conquerer of Death which always looks impressive on a CV.
3. You might be amazing at it
Stranger things have happened. You might take to the stage and shakily struggle through the first minute and then it’ll click. You’ll find a rhythm and feed of your audience reaction. In this event you should continue doing stand-up and PayPal me a cut of your profits – let’s call it a ‘finders fee’.
4. You can convince your friends to do it
You only have to do it once to have the moral high-ground to peer pressure your friends into doing it. Not only will they benefit from these points but you’ll have a blast watching your pals sweat gallons and stutter over stories that you know aren’t true.
5. It requires you to put everything of yourself into it
There’s very little in the young worker’s life that demands you to put everything of yourself into it. It’s a modern reflex to never leave oneself vulnerable. Stand-up comedy throws this collective psychosis out the window and pushes your humanity, personality and writing ability to their limits. Consider it a marathon but for your social abilities.