I have a routine which I write. It's only when you become huge and you're burning through material that you need help in writing it. I haven't reached this point yet, but I will improvise every night so that I don't become boring. Different crowds are going to want to hear about different things. Often in England the critics levy their criticism at comedians who are too slick, so I will leave spaces so that I can goof around. English crowds tend to really listen, and they will stop when it stops being funny. American crowds laugh over you while you're talking.
In the past, when it went wrong I would go back to some old material which was sure-fire. Now I go for the honest approach. I say, "This really sucks, right? You're not liking it but you soon will." That how I save myself. Stage time is the most vital element of comedy, as it takes a long time to hear yourself and eventually you will learn things that no one else can tell you. Dissecting comedy is fruitless because it's such a subjective thing. Stand-up is simply an accumulative process.Reuse content