Humor is an essential part of any successful comedy routine. Crafting a funny and engaging comedy bit requires skill, creativity, and practice. It takes time to create something that will make people laugh out loud. But with the right ingredients and approach, you can develop your own signature style of comedy that will keep audiences coming back for more!

In this article, we’ll explore some tips on how to craft a great comedy bit from start to finish. We’ll take a look at different types of humor and discuss ways to structure your material for maximum impact.

Finally, we’ll examine common mistakes comedians make when crafting their bits so you can avoid them in your own work. So let’s get started – it’s time to learn the art of creating hilarious laughs!

Putting your comedy in the proper medium


Of course, this will be limited by resources. Everyone would love to have a huge budget and the opportunity to make a blockbuster film surrounding one bit, or even just a skit that’s easily accessible on a variety of platforms. However, that of course isn’t accessible to many.


Depending on your resources, try to accommodate your bit with the best surrounding terms. Animation, social media, quick and easily accessible videos, etc. If you are trying to grow a following on a social media platform, the best route in most instances will be to make easily accessible work.



What makes your work unique? Do you have a target audience? How do you want to be found? Take the time to answer all these and learn a bit more about your own goals for comedy. From there you’ll learn a bit more about yourself as well as the medium that suits you best. If you feel you take your time with your work and it needs a bit more space to ruminate, a longer video form is likely best for you rather than short videos. Slapstick comedy is suited perfectly for many social media forms in shorts, Tik Tok, etc.


What does your spin do differently?


You’ll have a unique spin on what makes your comedy work. Otherwise, it would be performable by anyone. Make that your selling point, because if you feed into this entirely, you’ll see a major shift in your results.


How would you react as an audience member?


Take this into account as well when considering the impact of your work. Now of course, don’t solely base what you’d expect of a piece on how you would react as an audience member. However, if you aren’t able to make yourself or a loved one laugh in a similar setting, then it likely won’t work in the public space. This isn’t universally true, to be fair. You’ll see comedians who have virtually no success with making their loved ones laugh absolutely kill it on an open mic, and vice versa. To avoid this issue, ensure you hit these main criteria.


Comedy bit criteria


Do you have an engaging hook – Especially in story-based comedy, you’ll need to have an engaging hook. This is a piece of information, some kind of mystery, or another bit of information to really engage the listener.


Keep it concise, but also marinate in certain moments – your pauses and delivery will be everything. Should you be able to time the piece effectively, you’ll see even better results in terms of audience engagement.


Consider your target audience and how they may vary from the venue – Having a bit play effectively to your strengths can be perfect for a particular audience, but that may not be who you are performing for that evening. Consider who makes up the majority of your audience that evening and how you’ll have to amend your delivery to suit them best. You don’t have to do this, of course, it’s just something to consider.


Use sensory engagement through your storytelling – If you are engaging an audience in imagining a scenario from your life or a story, you have to be able to put them in the room with your narrative voice. To do this, engage with their sense of taste, sight, smell, etc. Give them as much information as you can that is relevant while still being concise.


If you follow these steps and tailor them to your type of work, you’ll see a world of difference be made.