If you’re starting out, it’s normal to look at people that you admire and try to imitate them, but it’s a fine line. Sure, it’s good for research, but otherwise, do you. Just know going into it that not everyone’s going to like you. You’re not Nutella, yo.
“To be successful, you have to really detach yourself from the result,” says Marino. “Stop trying to please everyone, stop following the trend, and go find your real voice. The funniest things come from the truth. Look at me. I’m known as the Disney princess of dick jokes (that dichotomy between sweet and naughty). I’m obsessed with food, especially cupcakes and donuts and I love pop culture. And I have a Full House tattoo that says ‘You Got It Dude’ in French.”
“Every subject and topic has been joked about,” says Montana. “I remember one time, I saw a comic tell a joke similar to mine. I had to axe it and come up with something else on the spot. So talking about your life and what you know is always the best way to go. If you’re telling an honest personal story, people shouldn’t be able to do your material.”
Don’t have high expectations
...even if you actually do perform amazingly well, because not everyone is going to make it Buress-style big.
“The chances of making it are low,” says Buress. “You’ll make more money in tech. You go hit up Silicon Valley with your app idea.”