How to Be A Stand-Up Comedian with Comedy Coach, Alfie Noakes

Imagine stepping onto a stage, microphone in hand, ready to make a room full of people laugh. Sounds thrilling, right? In this episode, we’re getting the inside scoop from Alfie Noakes, head honcho at the We Are Funny Project, to guide us through the exciting world of stand-up comedy. Alfie reveals how the ‘comedy bug’ can spark a passion for performing and discusses how comedy can help combat stage fright and enhance skills like public speaking and creative thinking.

The spotlight doesn’t stop there – we’re also delving into the art of crafting a unique comedic style, and it’s not about conforming to a template. It’s about authenticity, voice, and breaking rules. Alfie dishes out tips on turning personal experiences into amusing stories that will make you stand out on stage. Discover how breaking the mold and experimenting can lead to the development of your personal comedic style.

Finally, we’re drawing the curtain back on the fascinating intersection of comedy and career choices. Alfie, who transitioned from film work to comedy, shares his journey, emphasizing the importance of respecting other acts and steering clear of joke theft. We also examine the surprising similarities between sales and comedy, highlighting how both fields rely on building rapport with the audience. Tune in, laugh out loud, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be inspired to grab that microphone yourself.

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(00:17) Stand-Up Comedy

This chapter explores the world of stand-up comedy with guest Alfie Noakes, head honcho at the We Are Funny Project. Alfie shares his expertise as a comedy coach and promoter, discussing the benefits of trying stand-up comedy and the different types of people who pursue it. He also highlights the transferable skills gained from performing, such as public speaking and creative thinking. Listeners will gain insight into the comedy bug and how it can lead to a passion for performing. The hosts also share their own experiences with comedy and how it has helped them overcome the fear of bombing on stage.

(12:53) Importance of Unique Comedy

This chapter explores the topic of comedy and how to approach it in a unique and authentic way. We discuss the importance of not following a cookie-cutter path to success and instead finding your own voice and style. We also share tips on how to generate ideas and stories from personal experiences and how to stand out as a comedian on stage. The conversation emphasizes the importance of being funny and breaking rules in order to find your own comedic style.

(16:17) Comedy and Career Choices Intersection

This chapter explores the world of comedy and how to become a successful comedian. We discuss the different phases of comedy, including the importance of paying attention to other acts and avoiding joke theft. We also delve into the importance of being funny and incorporating personal characteristics into one’s act. We then explore the guest’s career, from his work in film to becoming a comedy expert for a living. He shares how he combined his passions for film and comedy to create a successful career.

(24:00) Sales and Comedy

This chapter explores the overlap between sales and comedy as we chat with a comedian who also works as a sales and business consultant. We discuss how both sales and comedy require building rapport with the audience and how stand-up and improv comedy use different approaches to the same problem. We also mention the importance of repetition and calibration in perfecting a joke and encourage listeners to check out the free ebook and courses on the website for improving your comedic skills.

If you’ve ever wanted to take a shot at comedy or just love a good laugh, this is the episode for you. Tune in to learn how to embrace your unique style, transform your personal experiences into hilarious narratives, and discover the surprising intersection between comedy and career choices. Don’t forget to check out his free ebook and online courses to polish your comedic skills. Tune in now and learn to be a more Playful Human!