How to Become a Stand Up Christian Comedian

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When churches and private organizations need an entertainer for parties or events, they often hire a Christian standup comedian to perform for them. Becoming a faith-based comedian requires a sharp wit, dedication and an understanding of your audience, but it can be accomplished with practice and hard work.

  • Develop your material, stage presence, and your onstage persona. Becoming a Christian standup comedian requires the same type of practice and work ethic as becoming a regular standup comedian; the only difference is that your humor is informed by your faith. As soon as you've written your first few minutes of material, find an open mic at a comedy club or coffee shop and try it out. Being onstage can be tough, especially if you are not getting laughs, but don't let your first performance deter you. Get onstage as much as possible to build your confidence and understanding of yourself as a comedian. You will get better at timing and delivery, but only if you work hard at it.

  • Practice and refine your material. As a Christian comedian, you need to have jokes that are informed by your faith, but not so specific that a non-Christian would completely miss the point of your jokes. Use a light touch with your humor and try not to come off as judgmental or preachy. Not every joke has to be about religion or the Bible, either. Oftentimes, being a Christian comedian can mean just being G-rated or family friendly. A comedy club open mic may not feel like an ideal room to practice your material in, as many other comedians performing there can be crass or vulgar, but if you can make a room full of non-religious comedians and audience members laugh at your Christian-centric jokes, then you are definately doing something right.

  • Talk to and watch as many comedians as possible. By listening and making friends with fellow comedians, you can learn how to deal with hecklers and unenthusiastic audiences, as well as get tips on getting booked and getting more stage time.

  • Reach out to churches and private groups to offer your services as an entertainer for parties and events. You will need at least a solid 30 minutes of material for most events, which can take a long time to build, but you can still begin to make inquires and connections with religious groups and organizations as you develop. Once you have a good performance of an extended set on tape, you can send that out to show prospective employers exactly what type of show you put on. It may take a while to get a regular rotation of gigs lined up, but by staying persistent and continuing to work on your craft, you will surely find your audience eventually.

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