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Becoming a Stand Up Comedian

Some people enjoy going to the comedy clubs just to mess with the stand up comedians. They have created a technique for getting under your skin. When this happens, remain in control and do not make it personal. This may be very difficult at first, but if you let them get to you your show can spiral out of control.

Use Their Own Lines

Hecklers are playing a psychological game built around insults, which is why it is good to have a few up your sleeve to use as comebacks. As you progress toward becoming a stand up comedian, you will learn that you cannot throw insults at women as hard as you do men — even when they deserve it. This may sound sexist, but it is a reality in becoming a stand up comedian. It is inherently built into humans to protect women. There is a fine line that is created when dealing with female hecklers, but thankfully they are much fewer than male hecklers. If you insult women too harshly, the whole audience will likely turn on you very quickly. However, if you do not force them to stop, they will ruin your show.

Encourage Them to Do More

Becoming a stand up comedian will require an understanding of how to deal with hecklers. Encouraging the heckler to do more puts more focus on them, and you can call them out for not being able to come up with more comments. On the chance that they do come up with a really good one, force them to come up with more. They will quickly become embarrassed because you have coerced them to keep going and they have run out of material.

Remember that as you do this, you need to remain playful with your comments. You want the heckler to know that they are not welcome to talk, but you also want to keep the audience on your side as you hone your ability of becoming a stand up comedian of a higher caliber.

Simply Ask the Heckler to Stop

This may seem so simple, but becoming a stand up comedian does not always require complex strategies. Most hecklers believe they are helping you, so taking a moment to nicely ask that they stop will, more often than not, get them to stop. You may need to make a side comment about how you are not as good as they are to satisfy their ego before they stop. Whichever way you ask them, if it is pleasant your audience will stay in your favor and the heckler will stop without any further interruptions. If this doesn’t work, then by all means begin throwing your funny and witty insults.