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The Different Ways I Make Money In Comedy

By Comedian, Ben Rosenfeld   Many people think a comedian only gets paid to perform live comedy into a microphone in front of an audience. But did you know that there’s at least 20 other ways comedians make income? Until you have the name recognition of Bill Burr or Louis CK, making money in comedy, particularly stand up comedy, can be quite the up and down adventure. For most comedians I know, the key to … Continued

10 Steps To Becoming a Great Emcee

By Ben Rosenfeld Fewer and fewer comedians want to emcee anymore but emceeing skills train you to become very funny on your feet, handle hecklers and sound more conversational. All skills you’ll need before you can headline. With that in mind, here’s some MCing tips based on my personal experience and numerous conversations with other professional comedians. Come in with super high energy1. You want to get the audience’s energy as high as possible. Start … Continued

5 Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright

by Ben Rosenfeld A lot of people are scared of speaking in front of large groups. And that’s when you’re not even trying to get them to laugh. At one of the open mics I go to, a newer comedian asked me how I overcame being nervous on stage. (My hands used to shake while holding the mic and I would never pause after punch lines.) Tip #1: There’s no real shortcut, getting over stage … Continued