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Everyday standup comedians are building their brand of comedy online, which is, helping them sell out shows, sell merch, get brand deals, or even create a Patreon following.

It’s a beautiful time not only to be a stand up comedian, but also to be an entrepreneur or small business owner because of these magical little tech devices that we carry with us everywhere – The Mobile Phone.

These devices connect every human being on the planet through email, text messages, social media, and YouTube.

Love them or hate them, they are an essential part of human life in 2022.

As a stand up comedian, you need to bring your brand of comedy to more people, and you need more people to share your comedy with their friends and family.

And once that ball gets rolling the sky’s the limit.

Again, it’s a beautiful time to be a stand up comedian.

Shooting and Uploading videos of your comedy to social media and YouTube are absolutely essential to getting to where you want to go.

This series of articles, podcasts, and videos are all intended to help you produce high quality professional looking videos and audio of your stand up so that you can begin distributing your content online.

You may be a videographer who is going to shoot a stand up’s set, or a stand up who want to do this on their own or for fellow comics.

Either way I will share with you everything that I’ve learned about shooting stand up comedy over the past few years.

Video Production for LIVE Stand Up Sets

I’m not going to lie, shooting and editing video is hard work and it can be stressful to make sure your set it is going to work as planned, but it’s not rocket science.

If you commit yourself to creating these types of videos and are willing to make a few mistakes along the way to learn from, then you’ll be an expert at this in no time.

Just remember to keep your cool, have patience, try not to make the same mistake twice, and have fun while you’re doing it.

I’m going to break our lessons into 5 categories:

  1. Recording Video
  2. Recording Audio
  3. Capturing B-Roll
  4. Digital Distribution of your Videos
  5. Filming a Comedy Special for Netflix or Direct to Consumer.

Throughout this article you’ll see comedy sets that I shot and produced, as well as, some creative comedy videos I found online (that I didn’t shoot) but will serve as additional education and inspiration for you.

How to Record Video for Stand Up Comedy

To begin you need a video camera.

Here’s the good news: Even a modern iPhone can produce high quality videos.

We are going to cover a ton of gear that you might not have. So I don’t want you to focus on what don’t have. Focus on what you do have and let’s try to make the best video we can with that.

Overtime you can begin to purchase more gear to improve your videos.

Now let’s break down recording video into a list.

A. Camera Frame Rate:

Within your camera setting for your iphone or camera is the frame rate setting.

b. White Balance Setting:

c. Camera color, contrast, and sharpness settings:

d. Camera Positioning:

e. Tripods:

f. A and B Cameras:

g. Camera Lens:

How to Record Audio for Stand Up Comedy

If you want to dive deeper into recording audio for stand up, I found this article from No Film School to check out. The went deep into recording professional audio and what you need to know and do for recording it. CLICK HERE to check it out.

How to Capture B-Roll for Stand Up Comedy

How to Digitally Distribute your Stand Up Comedy Videos

Filming a Comedy Special

When you’re ready to shoot a comedy special for Netflix or to sell it directly to your fans there are a lot of things to consider, such as, the venue, lighting, and style you want to achieve.

I found this video on YouTube and there are several great point being made here.

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