Every Wednesday we pack up to 12 comedians in to one BIG show for just $15
The Comedy Festival is over and our local comedians are match fit and full of new ideas. Catch them busting some new moves on Big Wednesday - fresh comedy night with up to 10 comedians on stage.
Become a Comedian
So you think you're funny? Then stand-up and
Here are some
Go see lots of comedy - stand-up, improv, sketch & theatre.
Watch both the pro's and rookies and learn all you can. The Classic
provides the widest selection of styles in one venue.
Ask yourself..."Am I funny and why?" If you are not sure then
ask some other people you trust. Start writing down all your funny
thoughts and ideas. From a whole page of notes might come just one
Do a gig. The Classic has a RAW night for new faces every
Monday. Call Scott at The Classic on 09 373 4321 and book yourself
Keep it short. Aim for up to 5 minutes the first few times.
Record your gig on a Dictaphone, if you have one, and review it
afterwards. Also don't be afraid to get some feedback from the
other comedians at the gig. Be prepared to edit your material so
that you can get more laughs in to the 5 minutes.
Don't plagiarise i.e. steal other people's ideas or material.
It's OK to be influenced and inspired by well-known comedians but
please don't copy them.
Try and open your set with a winner... even your favorite 'joke
joke' if you like. The first laugh will help you relax. Try and
finish on a winner too& the audience has a short memory!
There is no censorship or political correctness in comedy but
don't be deceived by professional comedians who seem to get away
with 'murder' on stage. They have years of experience reading their
audience and keeping a knife-edge balance and even then they can
still get it wrong occasionally. If you are a rookie you may get it
horribly wrong too early and not be able to recover. And trying to
get a laugh with bad language is a sure sign that you are a
Think about the basics. Your body language on stage, microphone
technique, how you are going to remember your routine. If you doubt
your memory write key words on your hand or a small card that you
can refer to if you get lost. Getting these basic things right can
make a difference for you and the audience.
Give yourself time to evolve and don't give up too soon. Wait
until you have done 50 -100 gigs then sit down and think about why
you are funny. What is your style? What makes you unique?
Don't give up your day job! The life of a comedian can be very
demanding - lot's of late nights and hanging out in bars. A good,
flexible day job can make the road to the top a lot easier. Get
some advice from professional comedians and management before you
commit to being a full time professional.