In this post, you will find great Standup Quotes from famous people, such as Aasif Mandvi, Jo Koy, Ron White, Sage Northcutt, Wyatt Cenac. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.
I still do standup.
Whether it’s writing a monologue or writing standup or writing a screenplay or writing a play, I think staying involved in the creation of your own work empowers you in a way, even if you don’t ever do it. It gives you a sense of ownership and a sense of purpose, which I think as an actor is really important.
Richard Lewis has this incredible ability to look like he’s just… you know it’s an act that’s been honed. What you have to do in standup is create spontaneity, somehow; even though you’ve done this act a million times, you gotta look like you’re almost just thinking of it now, to make it entertainer.
The energy of the metal is what I’ve always loved and the energy I do on stage with standup, I mean, I’m not Metallica, but I’ve always extremely attracted and driven by that energy and the thought-provoking lyrics and drive. That’s an attitude every standup show I go in. I go in to crush your face.
No one goes into standup to make money. The frustration and rejection are just too much.
The idea that standup is a thing with defined boundaries is kind of ludicrous.
I think expressing yourself and working hard can’t help but have great results. Look at Zach Galifanakis. He didn’t tweet. He didn’t have a podcast. He just went out and did the funniest standup you’ll ever see in your life. And he was rewarded for that.
I would call it a comedy variety show. We have some people just doing straight standup. We usually try to have one musical act of sort. So its just people being funny in different ways, not just sketch, not just standup, not just characters, all of those things.
When I finished my residency in New Orleans, I went to L.A. where I would work as a doctor during the day, and then at night I would actually go to The Improv and do standup, all the while kind of cultivating my comedy resume.
I had a standup act, and I ended up turning it into something that was really watered down and accessible. Something that went from scary and threatening to something that was almost to the point of being corny.
In standup, you look for a common ground that people have.
Standup is a place where, as long as it’s funny enough, you can say your most embarrassing things, shameful things and disappointing things.
My standup is observational, but it’s self-observational, and it’s self-deprecating, definitely.
Standup really is a young man‘s game, a single young man’s game. Even when I was younger, when I wasn’t single, it was hard to be on the road because you go through relationships because your girlfriend kinda got tired of you being gone.
I guess that I was always considered a little too weird for the standup clubs and probably too jokey for doing performance art and those places where those are done.
People say I’m good at standup. I don’t even think I’m that great at standup. I just hit hard. I don’t think I’m super technical or anything like that. I got a couple knockouts. I think I just hit hard more than anything.
I thought I could see how standup worked. I never thought of being an actor – or anything else, really – but I thought, ‘I can see how you get on stage and tell jokes.’
I do standup once a year, when I host the CMAs.
I didn’t have any terrible survival jobs. The main job I had before I was able to transition over to acting full-time was working at an after-school program at a middle school teaching improv and standup. So even when I had a regular job, I was still lucky enough to be doing the stuff I loved in some way.
The experience of watching other standups is either: 1) you see your mate doing standup and it’s really bad and you’re heartbroken, or 2) You see your mate doing really well and it’s heartbreaking.
I think that standup has always been an acquired taste and there was always only a handful of performers that were really inspired.
When I was doing standup, I always wanted to get out of the standup world and take it back into the theatrical world, like with ‘No Cure For Cancer.’
Once I started getting serious about standup I got a better handle on word economy and making jokes punchier, which translated well to Twitter.
Standup keeps me grounded and keeps me in touch. I get to go from small towns to big cities, across Canada and the U.S., and you’re out there and talking to people. You get a sense of what they respond to.
I don’t know what the secret to doing standup well is, but I do know the goal is to be yourself as much as possible. And working harder than everyone else.
People see me on the ‘Daily Show‘ or ‘About a Boy’. But the reality is that I only got into this business to do standup comedy.
To say it very honestly, removed from ego, standup is just a thing that I understood, a God-given ability.
You really have to be ambitious and have that drive to really become well known and successful as a standup.
In my early years doing standup, I bombed a lot.
I don’t enjoy writing newspaper articles any more than people like reading them. I’m a standup comic, not a journalist, although sometimes onstage I will say: ‘What else is in the news?’ Writing is work, which I’m not comfortable with.
I’m a standup comedian, so I need people.
I’m more of a sketch guy than a standup.
Standup led me to acting because I liked standup, and I saw people on a stage, and the closest, nearest thing to me was doing plays. It was like, that’s the same thing as standup – people are on a stage; they’re being seen and saying things – so, because of my love of standup, I moved towards acting.
My standup is years and years of me working things out on the road. I’m really proud of it! A lot of it is about, well… I don’t know why I feel this way, but I feel like every special or show I do is some variation on how I feel like I’m not a girl, not yet a woman.
I can’t imagine a time I don’t want to do standup.
In standup, the feedback is instantaneous, and if it fails, you know you’ll be off-stage and hiding in a short time.
The misconception is that standup comics are always on. I don’t know any really funny comics that are annoying and constantly trying to be funny all the time.
I thought I would be too vulnerable on stage doing standup. I didn’t want to get up there and say: ‘This is who I am. I want you to like me.’
I had never done a roast, but I really wanted to, because it’s so different from standup.
When you go to standup, there seems to be a common denominator of some form of need or want for validation from the audience that maybe you were lacking as a kid.
Anybody who’s done standup will tell you that there’s nothing like it. The show starts at 8:00, the curtain goes up and there’s nobody else except you and the audience, and you just perform for them for two hours. Nobody yells, ‘Cut!’ There are no retakes. That is still the most exciting medium for me, and I love it.
I believe, even when I’m doing my standup or my acting or whatever I’m doing, I believe in painting pictures.
I really love standup because it’s something that I’ve been literally doing for 40 years, which means I’m a thousand years old.
I do standup every week in L.A. at the Laugh Factory and the Improv.
I was a standup comic, which doesn’t necessarily mean you interact with people all that much. In fact when I did shows, I wouldn’t talk to the audience very much. Then my friend offered me a radio show, and I thought, you know, I’ll try talking to people and see what kind of interviewer I was.
I think standup is pretty good for an introvert because you are performing, but, I mean, it’s on your own terms. There are so many people in the room, but it’s a one-sided conversation. And you actually don’t have to interact – unless you want to.
I listen to a lot of standup comics.
It’s the hardest job in telly as a newbie. You’re writing standup every night on your own and presenting live TV. It’s like a really tough apprenticeship in front of two million people.
I think as a standup performer you have to feel the audience. So the audience kind of dictates what they get, you know?
I never did standup before. It just looked like it was really hard, looked like there was like up days and down days – and I’m too emotionally unstable for that. I need to always be funny and always be loved.
This is my chance to get out there and appease the fans of my music as well as show people that I do do standup comedy because a lot of people don’t know that’s where I started.
In standup, you must be able to hypnotize the audience.
I would hate to be a standup comedian for ever. It would not be good. It would be the worst.
At the end of the day, I’m not really trying to make a statement with any of my standup.
I’m really good at standup. I always win at standup.
I don’t do standup.
My dad‘s pretty funny. He’s funny for all of the wrong reasons. The first time I did standup at Edinburgh he sat in the front row and wore sunglasses because he didn’t want to put me off.
We’ve all seen comedians look like they’re reaching just a little bit too much for the laugh. This is counterproductive. The conceit of standup is that it is effortless, which makes the prospect of generating new comedy a tricky one: you are trying to be funny without looking like you are trying to be funny.
I always imitated other people and thought, ‘Well, maybe I’ll do standup,’ but I was too afraid for that.
Standup is essentially part of your personality with the volume turned up.
I’m a standup comedian who can’t drive. I have never learned. I don’t trust my hand-eye coordination. You’re looking at someone who once dropped a cricket ball on to his own head during a routine catching practice; I don’t think it’s a great idea to have me in control of a high-speed metal death robot.
The demand for standup in the eighties was created by how easy it was to exploit ‘comedians’ and create very cheap television programming.
It’s weird because standup can be like therapy. Comedians can’t be satisfied with just having fun with our friends. We’ve got to figure out a way to do it on stage.
I had a great time on News Radio, I got to make tons of money in relative obscurity and learn a lot about the TV biz and work on my standup act constantly. It was a dream gig.
Standup is just dirtier, a far more risque kind of thing.
The thing about the performance part… starting with improv and standup, you’re starting with yourself as the character, and I don’t feel as much like, ‘Oh, I’m a vessel for -‘ I feel like someone who calls themselves an actor is a vessel.
Sometimes I start off shows by explaining to people that it’s just a bunch of stories – I always say ‘It’s like standup, just less funny.’
Over the years, I’ve realized that I have as much in common with the performance artist, the standup comedian, the screenwriter, as I do with the theologian. I’m in an odd world where I make things and share them with people.
I’ve always been a comedy nerd, and ‘Partners in Crime’ was probably more influential for me than anything else because it was not only standup, but Robert Townsend had those short films.
I’d decided to write about stuff that I would like to hear standup about.
‘Dinner‘ is completely scripted. There are some improv elements, but I’m not interested in pranking people. It’s more like a play than standup.
I really love standup, and I really love writing standup.
As a standup comedian, you have to develop a sense of fearlessness. It’s really important for your livelihood and your well-being. And if you don’t do that, you’re going to fail; you’re never going to be able to stand up on the cliff and jump off.
In the entertainment industry, there is this fear of getting older, because we have high definition television now, and you can see things that the human eye can’t even pick up. But the good thing about standup is that the older you get, the funnier you get.
I have a hard time describing myself as a standup comedian because I don’t feel like I’m doing stand up jokes more than I am acting like a person who has a bad point of view.
Being in a male-dominated industry, you can feel like a little excluded. That was making me feel like maybe I’m not funny. I was really seriously considering, like, quitting standup.
Acting is completely different from the standup world. You have these 12- or 14-hour days, but you have a great time doing it. It’s like hanging out with your friends.
Before I started doing standup, I knew that I had what it takes to develop an act. I went down to clubs with not many people there, and I just worked on it, man. A lot of my friends are comedians, so that part had a lot of encouragement, even though the shows were very caveman-like.
I’m a comedy geek so anything comedy related, whether that’s standup shows, improv shows, I’m all over that. That’s my favorite way to be entertained always.
In my standup work, I always do these characters, older people who are just off to the side. It’s easier to write a story about the guy who made it to the top, but the middle is so much more interesting, so much more murky.
I wanted to do standup, but I was too nervous. I felt it was too vulnerable basically to be yourself on stage.
It’s a young man’s game – standup comedy.
Metal is easily my favorite thing – Exodus and Anthrax and Megadeth – so it just kind of organically came through in the standup act.
We come from a live background of sketch improv and standup.
I used to do standup about footballers; they are easy targets because they are traditionally seen as stupid.
I continue to do standup because there’s a connection with a live audience – there are skills that you do learn as a standup comedian that help you on a set.
I started doing standup when I was in college, and I would incorporate a lot of characters into my act.