Prepare, prepare, prepare
Practice = comedic perfection, or at the very least helps to prevent blanking out in front of a crowd.
“Study up,” says Von. "Know what you’re going to say verbatim. Whatever that means for you. Record yourself and play it back, practice in front of the mirror, your girlfriend, your cat. Also, don’t go onstage wearing weird stuff like vests, gun belts, hats, tank tops, cologne.”
Write everything down
You may not even use half of the jokes you write, but it will keep your creative muscles working. And in the meantime, you’ll hone paper b-ball moves.
“Be meticulous about writing,” says Buress. “You shouldn’t be a comedian if you can’t write jokes.”