Ahoy there, landlubbers! So, you want to know how to write and perform a solo show? Well, shiver me timbers, you’ve come to the right place. In our last adventure, we talked about contacting your muses and taking a break to play. Now, we’re going to dive headfirst into editing, refining, and performing. Don’t worry, I’ll guide you through this like a compass.

Firstly, let me tell you the difference between a stand-up show and a solo show. In a stand-up show, the character knows everything and is ready to spill the beans. In a solo show, the character doesn’t know anything and is on a journey to find the answer. It’s like trying to find the X on a treasure map, except you’re the treasure.

Now, mateys, let’s get to editing. Find the one thing you want to communicate in your show, and make sure every segment, every bit, every joke, and every punchline relates to it. Ask yourself if it fulfills the purpose of your central communication. If not, walk the plank! Well, maybe not that extreme, but you know what I mean.

Remember, it’s not just about being funny. It’s about being poignant too. Don’t be afraid to cut words and refine your work until it’s tight, concise, and hits harder than a cannonball.

Once you’re happy with what you’ve written, it’s time to take it to the stage. Comedy that’s already well-written and memorized is like a sturdy ship that can weather any storm. But don’t be afraid to improvise and riff when the opportunity arises. Just make sure you have a route back “home” to your well-memorized material.

If you’re not into stand-up, there are plenty of open mics that welcome performers of various art forms. Storytelling nights, solo performance nights, alternative comedy shows, and small gatherings at friends’ houses. You can even gather a few trusted friends and perform for them. Just remember to ask for honest feedback, not just whether they liked it or not.

So, there you have it, mateys. Keep refining, keep performing, and remember, the most important thing is to have fun. Now, hoist the sails and set off on your solo show journey! Arrr!

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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