First, let me make it clear that this brief article is NOT designed to discourage any young person from pursuing a dream of becoming a comedian.
But if you are under the age of 21, you need to be aware of the additional significant challenges you will face.
There are two broad, yet critical aspects involved with becoming a comedian:
- The process you use to develop, prepare and deliver stand-up comedy material. .
- Having access to performing venues.
It is item #2 that tends to create a significant barrier for those who are under 21 years of age who want to pursue the path of becoming a comedian.
The majority of venues that offer performing opportunities to new comedians tend to serve alcohol. So unless you are accompanied by a parent or responsible adult, you won’t be allowed to enter the venue to perform.
Note: Laws associated with allowing minors into facilities serving alcohol can vary state by state and by venue.
Depending upon where you live, there may be potential performing venues that don’t serve alcohol and would be accepting of comedians who are minors (ie: coffee house open mic nights).
Here’s the bottom line:
Stand-up comedy is a live audience performing art. Individuals cannot fully develop their stand-up comedy material or the necessary stage skill without live audiences to perform for.
But as I said in the beginning, I DO NOT want to discourage those who are under the age of 21 from pursing stand-up comedy.
As a matter of fact, I will tell you that there is MUCH you can do to learn and prepare for your first stand-up comedy performance and beyond BEFORE you ever hit the stage.
So if you are under the age of 21 and want to become a comedian, here’s the single best piece of advice I can give you:
Focus on what you can do as opposed to what you cannot do. Like I said, there is a lot you can do to prepare to succeed before you ever hit the stage as a comedian.
I hope that helps and I wish you the best in your goal of becoming a comedian.
Pro Comedian Trainer
P.S. Two quick things that may also be of interest to you:
- Most new comedians who are 21 and over tend to be overwhelmingly unprepared to hit the stage as a comedian. Subsequently, they also tend to suck for many months if not years before they are able to make any headway as a comedian. Victory loves preparation — which you have the ability to do extensively before you hit the stage. .
- Besides the Comedy University content, you may also want to check out my blog for new comedians. There is a TON of free info there to consume.