Stand up and hit the gym
So if I was to ask you what are the skills and requirements of being a stand up comedian, you would probably be forgiven if you didn’t mention needing to be fit on your list. You like many others are probably imagining a lifestyle of late night parties, heavy drinking and smoke filled clubs. Well variety is the spice of life and there are probably a few out there who would fit that stereotype but most certainly if you are pursuing a career as a professional corporate event comedian the reality is much much different.
Professional corporate event comedians or keynote speakers as they are sometimes referred are often hired to entertain audiences for up to an hour or more. As well as needing plenty of well written funny material and physical stamina, the artist has to make sure they can maintain a professional appearance and not look like a sweaty mess by the end of the performance. To do this, most are conscious of their weight and general health and try to stay in shape as much as possible. This is especially important if your comedy is quite physical. You will not grab the audience attention if you look like a physical sweaty mess and you cannot deliver your punchlines as you gasp for breath!
Being physically and mentally well also helps you in your performance. Most public performers admit to suffering a kind of stage fright, which might include physical symptoms of increased heart rate, sweaty palms and dry mouth amongst others. Being physically well will mean you can more easily overcome these temporary symptoms without feeling they are putting undue pressure on your overall health. Being physically fit is also linked to benefits in mental wellbeing. A stand up has to write their own material, memorize routines and then confidently and ably perform their routine in front of an audience, sometimes in difficult conditions. A feeling of general wellbeing and physical and mental fitness will improve your confidence and help you in meeting the challenges of being a stand up comedian.