When I think about some of my favorite YouTubers and why I like them, the quality that stands out the most is their sense of humor. Think about it: who doesn’t want to be around someone who makes them laugh?
2. Study. Take an improv class. Take a stand-up comedy class. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you know how passionate I am about improv comedy. When you really dive in to studying humor and practice honing your own comedic voice, it will quickly develop into something uniquely polished and influential.
3. Open Up. Great comedy comes from telling the truth and translating the world around you to others through your unique lens. That means stepping outside of your comfort zone and opening up your world! Sorry, but reaching new levels of Candy Crush will not make you funnier. Talking to a stranger on the street, observing a couple on a date, signing up for a pottery class-- all of these things enrich your human experience and give you new material to bring to light through your creative lens. Expand your worldview and you’ll expand your comedic material.
4. Practice. Everybody practices! Stand-up comedians are constantly testing and tweaking and honing their routine. Improv comedians hire coaches and commit to weekly practices before hopping on stage to put on a show. Your comedic voice is no different. It’s important to try out your humor and delivery on your audience. Creation is all about trial and error. Fall on your face a couple of times (not literally of course, unless you’re going for some IRL slapstick humor) and get back up. The bruises will be worth it in the end!