You know you want to try it! Come out to an open mic. (Part 5 of 5)

Jeremy Segal offers five tips for your first open mic.
Jeremy Segal offers five tips for your first open mic.

We’re living in a comedy tsunami! YouTube and Netflix give us push-button laughs 24-7-365. Thinking about trying standup? Tucson has a half-dozen newbie-friendly open mics a week. Follow CATcomedy520 on Facebook for dates and times. Newcomer Jeremy Segal’s tips can help build your confidence.

1. You don’t have to use all the time.

At a normal comedy club open mic you have up to three minutes. You can do two. You can do one. Don’t feel obligated to do it all. Do what you had planned then curtsey or bow out. If you’re riffing in the moment, cool, but don’t try to stretch out your time. I did that and it resulted in me talking about my shoes. Don’t be like me. Wrap it up.

And that’s it. Those are five things you should do at your first open mic to succeed. Of course, there is one thing more important than any of the others and that’s this: Do it. And after you’re done, pat yourself on the back, you just did something amazing.

Thank you for reading, and break a leg.

Here’s a re-cap of Jeremy’s ” list of things you can do for your first mic so you do better than me. “

5. Eat the mic.

4. Introduce your set as being your first.

3. Be prepared to bomb.

2. Respect the light.

1. You don’t have to use all the time.

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