Let me start with this – there is no substitution for repetition when it comes to memorizing stand-up comedy material.
That’s one of the reasons why proper rehearsal is so important to process of being able to deliver a high level stand-up comedy act (notice I said proper rehearsal).
But I can also say that delivering a big laugh stand-up comedy act is much more involved than simply memorizing words and sentences from a piece of paper and then trying to “mechanically” act out those words and sentences on stage.
One of the factors that can have a direct effect on the ease or difficulty when it comes to memorizing stand-up comedy material has to do with the process used to develop stand-up comedy material in the first place.
Individuals who produce their stand-up comedy material by trying to “write” jokes one at a time from a blank piece of paper, then string them together to form a bit will have a much, much harder time trying to memorize their stand-up comedy material. Why?
The reason is simple. There is usually no direct personal connection between the comedian and the paper written “jokes” that were fabricated from the “writing” process.
Without a personal connection to their stand-up comedy material, it becomes difficult for comedian to actually visualize what they are saying to an audience.
Subsequently, the comedian must then engage in shear rote memorization of their comedy material (that is tough to say the least).
Then on top of that, they have to figure out their “act outs” that coincide with their comedy material, which adds an addition layer of difficulty when it comes to producing stand-up comedy material that will actually work for them on stage.
In other words, the process becomes extremely mechanical and very difficult.
Much more effort is needed to produce and deliver comedy material that will actually get the big laughs using this approach.
However, if the comedian is using a topic based approach for developing stand-up comedy material – one that has a more personal connection based on experiences, observations, conversations, opinions, etc., it becomes much easier for the comedian to visualize for themselves what they want to say and express to an audience.
This approach can then make it much easier to memorize stand-up comedy material during the rehearsal process.
Again, there is no substitute for rehearsal when it comes to memorizing a stand-up comedy bit or act.
Unfortunately, the only time most new comedians “rehearse” is when they get in front of an audience, effectively adding years to the process of being able to develop and deliver a decent stand-up comedy act.
Even then they will use notes which effectively kills their chances of getting laughs at all, much less significant laughs.
But for those who know how to rehearse properly in advance of their performances…
Rehearsal can not only be used to memorize stand-up comedy material, but can also be a fantastic way to expand that comedy material during the rehearsal process.
That’s why there is a highly effective, two phase rehearsal processed detailed in the Killer Stand-up Online Course.