- I start pacing. The bad news is that I look like a moving target. The good news is that I’ve racked up 3.2 miles on my Fitbit.
- I start laughing at my own jokes. How phony is that? Obviously I’ve heard them before.
- I talk faster. One time I finished an hours worth of material in 15 minutes. A big problem when you’re the headliner. Now what?
- I walk into the audience to do crowd work. Not such a smart idea to get closer to the very people who hate you.
- I talk louder. Yes… a middle-aged woman shouting is SO much funnier.
- I start criticizing the audience. And we all know how well that works when trying to get someone to love you.
- I get dirty. Right! As if talking about pubic hair while people are eating nachos is attractive.
So, rather than going onstage thinking, “I’m going to try to get people to laugh”; go onstage to COMMUNICATE your point of view, your opinions, your message. Even if you don’t get laughs, you still will have a purpose. And most importantly, going onstage DOING rather than TRYING will make you authentic, and even get you laughs.