Who are you?

The kind of energy you bring to the stage has a huge impact on your show and what your audience expects from you. There are many options, each with their own positives and negatives

High energy
Example:
Kevin Hart

If this energy was a tourist in another country, it would be American. Its all about being loud and non-stop. You come on yelling and you never slow down, forcing the audience to have fun, whether they want to or not. There is going to be singing, dancing, beer pong and group chanting. Anything to get everyone up and about and chanting “best night ever!” over and over again.

Pros
·      Always a fun time, people might say they prefer to be reserved but give them a couple of jagers and they’ll be standing with you covered in facepaint rioting a hockey match.

Cons
·      This humour can lack sutblety. Its hard to get a crowd chant started about Dostoyevskys views on moral relativism.
·      This is tiring to perform night after night, especially if you just received some bad news personally then have to go onstage and act like everything is fine. Thats some psychologically damaging shit.

Smug and dry
Example:
Stewart Lee

You’re intellectual, everything is self aware and meta and you don’t get out of bed for less than a triple entendre. You stand onstage but you don’t care if people don’t laugh. Besides, your gags are more suited to people who studied at Oxford, they love this stuff.

Pros
·      You sound smart, that should buy you time while the audience tries extra hard to get what you’re talking about.
·      Telling people they should’ve laughed at that last joke and then explaining how they got it wrong is one of the funniest things you can do in this style.
·      When people don’t laugh you can just tell yourself you were too smart for them anyway. If no one ever laughs you’ve confirmed you’re too smart for everyone.

Cons
·      “I don’t do comedy but if I did I’d be like Stewart Lee.”
·      Smugness without skill is the least endearing sort of comedy, it means you won’t even get pity laughs. And a pity laugh is like pity love, you say you don’t want it but when you’ve had nothing for a while you’re unable to tell the difference.

Deadpan
Example:
Steven Wright

The one liner is a classic example of this. You’re dead on the inside but you’ve managed to muster the energy to stand onstage and say something, it was either this or Beyond Blue.

Pros
·      The confidence that comes with speaking slowly builds some trust, you just better deliver at the end.
·      You can also get away with saying some very horrible things when speaking this way, the audience realises they can't hate you as much as you hate yourself so they cut you some slack.

Cons
·      If what you’re saying actually isn’t any good the audience feels like they’re watching someone delivering their own eulogy. Almost like the comedians death onstage might be an ominous precursor of whats to come later that night.


Angry Rant
Example:
George Carlin

The classic energy, from George Carlin to Bill Burr, this guy isn’t just being funny, hes spitting fiery truth. They take you on a ride with their deep passion for a topic and you find yourself laughing as the rage builds, this guy is saying everything you believe but angrily and with better metaphors.

Pros
·      The audience feels like they’re doing more than just watching someone tell dick jokes, they’re taking part in a sermon without all the religion. Which is lucky because half these rants are against religion.

Cons
·      Comedians might use it as a cover for actually saying fairly mundane shit, once the audience stops being taken in by the energy they realise they’ve just listened to a white guy whinge about his ex girlfriend for 6 minutes.