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Patton Oswalt

And this absolutely applies to writing, too:

Yes, this is a form e-mail. Because I get asked this question a lot:

“How do I become a comedian?”

The answer is very simple. It’s so simple, that no one can ever accept that it’s the ONLY WAY. But rest assured, the lucky few who understand how simple it is, and go and do this simple thing, ALWAYS succeed:

Go onstage a lot. Go onstage as much as you can.

Don’t read books on comedy. Don’t take comedy classes. Don’t ask anyone how you should write material, or what they think of your material. Develop on your own.

Go onstage. A lot. Every night. If there isn’t an open mike in your town, start one.

And then go onstage. A lot.

That’s it.

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10 Comments

  1. Oddly enough, this is the best advice for nearly any endeavor.

    Open heart surgery and flying jet fighters, probably you need to read a book or two.

  2. Morgan Jeske Morgan Jeske

    Ultimately it comes down to, “Do you really want to do something badly enough to actually put the work and time into it that it requires of you?” And most people romanticize their dream jobs, thinking it will just happen. Recently I made a decision, I want to work in comics, its gonna be fuckin hard, but its that thing which I will be most fulfilled doing. If you love it enough, the hard work is worth it.

  3. Ted Ted

    There’s also the sudden reality of having other people (complete fucking strangers, more oft than not) evaluate, critique and (sad but true) ridicule your dreams. You need thick skin, and you only get it by testing it.

  4. For some strange reason my brain read, “How to I become a Canadian.” As I continued reading, I kept asking myself: WHAT THE FUCK DOES A STAGE HAVE TO DO WITH CANADA?!”

  5. John John

    “Go to Canada a lot. Go to Canada as much as you can.
    Don’t read books on Canada. Don’t take Canada classes. Don’t ask anyone what they think of your mannerisms. Develop your own.
    Go to Canada. A lot. Every night. If there isn’t a Canada in your town, start one.
    And then go to Canada. A lot.
    That’s it.

  6. And it absolutely applies to everything else.

  7. “Open heart surgery and flying jet fighters, probably you need to read a book or two.”

    Pussy.

  8. “Open heart surgery and flying jet fighters, probably you need to read a book or two.”
    Pussy.

    Some people need books on that, too.

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