Now, I know we’ve all got big dreams of being the next big thing in comedy, but let’s start small, shall we? How about with a one-man or one-woman show? Or as we now call it in the Biz, a solo show!

I mean, who needs a partner when you can talk to yourself for an hour straight and call it art? So, let me give you some simple steps to get started:

Step one: Accept the fact that your life is not that interesting. Sorry, it’s just the truth. But, that’s okay! The beauty of a one-person show is that you can embellish your stories to make them more entertaining.

Step two: Write about all the characters in your life. And by all, I mean ALL. Your mom, your dad, your weird neighbor who never wears pants, even the voice in your head that tells you to eat the entire pizza. Mmm. Pizza. I gotta take a snack break. Back in a sec for step three.

Step three: Book a show six months from now and tell EVERYONE. I mean, even your great aunt Gertrude who lives in a remote village in Timbuktu. The more people you tell, the more pressure you’ll feel to actually do it. Bam.

Step four: Get some studio time and a director. But, let’s be real, you’re the only one who truly understands your vision. So, ignore any feedback you get and just keep rehearsing until you can do the show in your sleep.

Step five: Perform! Strut your stuff, own that stage, and show the audience the most you-est you that you’ve ever been. And remember, the less you care about being good, the better you’ll be. Oh, the irony!

And that’s it, folks! Your one-person solo show is ready to go. Oh, and in case you need some help along the way, check out some of my other blogs where I go into WAY more detail on how to write and perform a solo show / comedy show.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s never too late. Let’s get started! (I can help BTW if you need a coach. Hit me up for a complimentary breakthrough sesh.)


Alicia Dattner

Comedian and Creatrix Alicia Dattner is an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning performer who loves to help others use the power of humor to transform their lives and write a new unfolding story for the world.


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