How can I do comedy

How do I become a comedian?

also known as a clown, cabaret artist

The rogue is on your neck and you always have a good gag in store? You also like to be in the spotlight - whether on the big stage or in the small village pub? Then dare to become a professional comedian and make people around you laugh! As a comedian you come up with a program, rehearse it and face your audience. Your main goal is always that not only do you find yourself funny, but that you entertain people. There are all sorts of comedians - from pure speakers to jokers with confetti and New Year's Eve bangs to satirists who take up current political events and world affairs with a wink.

Characteristics

Required degrees


Qualification based on experience and skills

Further training


Acting, music & law, rhetoric

Important school subjects


German, English, art, music

Working as a comedian

Important skills as a comedian

Since many comedians work independently, you should be commercially fit so that you can offset your fees. In addition, you often have to negotiate with artist agencies or clients about contracts. To get to the point where you sign contracts or negotiate fees, you have to have embarked on your career as a comedian. To achieve this, you need rhetorical talent, artistic skills and a distinctive language, gestures and facial expressions. These are the characteristics that characterize your style. In addition, there is a little bit of charisma to sweep your audience away and of course a large portion of humor. Since you should always vary your stage show, you also have to be creative. A feeling for language and confidence will help you to formulate the right puns. Especially in the beginning, you're going to be a one-man show. This means that you can also take care of things like microphone and electronic devices on your own. Event technology should therefore not scare you.

Important hard skills

Breathing and speaking techniques

Important soft skills

HumorRhetorical SkillsLinguistic SkillsCritical SkillsCharismaCreativityElectricity, both spoken and writtenEnthusiasmFlexibilityMultitaskingOpennessOrganizational SkillsActing SkillsSelf-ConfidenceSelf-ConfidenceSelf-ReliabilitySelf-MarketingSelf-assured demeanorStress resistanceTime management

How do I become a comedian?

The gene to become a comedian must be in your blood, because you cannot learn this profession simply in a three-year training course. Acting training or experience in the theater can't hurt, but that doesn't qualify you as a comedian. It is much more important that you are courageous and self-disciplined to work on yourself and your style. In order for you to be able to do this, however, you first have to develop your own line. After that you have to rehearse again and again and perform your number in front of an audience. This can be your family and friends at the beginning and then smaller stages or as a warm-up program. During this time you can also try different directions and find out what suits you. It is important that you are always authentic and that you do not pretend. Training as a clown or actor can be helpful.

Advanced training and specializations

If you are looking for similar job prospects, you can pursue a career as a cabaret artist or actor in addition or instead. You can also attend various courses to further improve your skills. There are various options, from make-up and theater to rhetoric. Studying theater studies can also provide you with valuable knowledge.

Future prospects as a comedian

Most comedians work freelance and look for jobs on radio and TV, in variety shows, theaters and cabaret or in the circus. As in many freelance jobs, in addition to talent and commitment, you also need a bit of luck to be discovered. You should also take care of contacts and use social media such as Facebook and YouTube as presentation platforms on the Internet. To be successful over the long term, you have to reinvent yourself again and again and produce new gags. Doing the same thing forever or even copying another artist can quickly mean the end of your career. Your challenge, however, is to stay true to your own personal line despite the constant development.