Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What to do when people don't like your act

Doing stand up comedy can be really tough. Dealing with hecklers, bombing, and not getting a positive response in general can be very unpleasant. If you have videos online, you may be subject to abusive comments from people.

In reality, getting insulted cannot affect you unless you choose to let it. If you have people that get offended at what you say and try to belittle you, it is actually a good thing! Let me explain:

Don Rickles actually got famous because of being heckled. His clever comebacks is what got him out of obscurity and made him one of the most popular comedians of all time.

Negative comments and dislikes on YouTube will actually boost your views, and will help your videos become viral. How do you think people like Fred and Chris Crocker got so popular?

If you are getting negative comments from others, it is actually better than if no one says anything at all. Getting a any kind of reaction, good or bad, can be a positive thing.

I actually got a very negative review from a British comedy website called Chortle back in 2008. I made their "bad stand up of the week" list two weeks in a row. However, thanks to them, they boosted my views by thousands of views! Thank you Chortle!!!

Here are the articles they posted:

Women should be naked or cooking – or both

Ohh I’m a snoozy little piglet!

Had they have known that putting me in such a negative light would actually boost my popularity, I doubt my friends from across the pond would have posted these articles.

Here are the two videos Chortle didn't like:

If you have something to say (good or bad), please comment below.

John Griggs

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