Wanna be the next Louis CK ? Or the next Kevin Hart, Asis Ansari or Jerry Seinfield? Become an A-list actor that started off as a Stand up comedian? Or better yet, can it really help your acting career?
To answer these questions, let’s first look at what are the differences with stand up comedy and Acting? In stand up you are putting yourself out there in front of everyone. In Acting, you get to hide behind the text and character.
It’s actually not true, the two are not really any different from each other. You have to be present, engaged, and in the moment To be successful in both genres. The key to remember that you are telling a story to the audience. In stand up it’s from your perspective. In acting, it’s from the perspective of the character and story.
So what are some of the benefits? Because stand ups pretty much write their own material, they understand the meaning of the lines, and the message it’s trying to convey. They understand the backbone and point of saying these lines. Many actors tend to get lost in their character and forget to tell the story.
What else? Stand up helps you get “balls”. When you fail miserably and blow up while doing stand up, and then live to tell the tale, you realize it’s not the end of the world and whatever one thinks of you is not really important as long as you are doing your job. Plus if you are funny, you can get anywhere in this world. Especially when everything is going downhill.