Silence. Fear. Apprehension.
These are the worst qualities a comedian can display when on stage.
Lacking confidence and forgetting the basic elements of what makes a comedian successful can be detrimental to a performance.
Audiences will see right through a weak act. The comic-in-question will never get the deserved laughs he or she deserves because of insecurities plaguing one's performance.
The No. 1 principle a comedian must embody is believing their jokes are funny. According to Steve Sabo, owner of Inside Joke Productions, a joke is good as long as you think it is. It's just a matter of telling and delivering the joke in a certain way.
This is where the confidence needs to kick in.
To remedy stage fright, here are exerts from Steve Roye's article "Becoming a Comedian: Overcoming Stage Fright" written for Article Alley. These article could come in handy for an upcoming amateur contest.
1. Own the stage
"As soon as I am introduced, the stage is mine. The building is mine. The entire property is MINE until I relinquish the microphone. The seats that the audience is sitting in are mine."
2. Take your time
"Speak at your natural speech rate. The more the audience sees that you are at your leisure, the more comfortable they will be and the more confident you will appear."
3. Be prepared
"Rehearsal can only boost your confidence. And confidence is a critical factor in overcoming stage fright."
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