I often get emails from new comedians asking for advice. To be honest I tell most of them to GIVE UP because I don't think the world needs anymore jokes about Chewbacca or Scooby Doo ... but if you're a beginner and you're determined to stick it out, some of this might interest you.
You can read all my advice here: JoCaulfield.com
I also asked some other comedians. The advice below is from the wonderful comedian Mick Ferry:
Standing at a jaunty angle can get you onto the telly.
Some amazing things can happen on trains or buses, usually they are wonderful moments that need to be explained with a very clever metaphor. Remember these happenings on public transport and regale an audience with them. I have been performing for nearly fourteen years and unfortunately I have yet to witness an amazing moment on public transport. Fingers crossed it could yet still happen for me.
Talking about things that happened at other gigs is very important, if you can do twenty minutes of material that just recalls heckles you had or heckles that your comedy friends had, then you don't have to write any proper material. You have saved yourself a lot of time and effort.
Open with a Peodophile joke and close with a rape joke. It's exactly what promoters are looking for. If you can throw in a couple of aids references then you have nailed it.
Always Iron your clothes!
Shoes are important, you can tell a lot about a person from the footwear they have.
Be your own harshest critic, never say you have “Smashed it” or “Stormed it” when you quite clearly haven't.
Always pay towards petrol.
If you have an i-phone then use it all the time in the dressing room. Thankfully dressing room banter and conversation is dying out because of the i-phone.
If a fellow comic ever says to you, “You should open with that.” Never take their advice.
If you want to know more about Mick Ferry or you want him to contribute towards your petrol send him an email and he'll send you a cheque straight away www.mickferry.co.uk And go see him live. You'll thank me.