If the Chicago stand up comedy scene were a high school, I’d say I rank somewhere around a graduating freshman to perhaps an entering sophomore. That said, I often refuse to give advice when asked. However, I feel I know enough to hand out a few of the most basic Dos and Dont's for those who have just started to take the plunge.
1. Do hold up the mic. There’s no way anyone will laugh at you if they simply can’t hear what you’re saying. Mics are almost never strong enough to carry your voice when they’re being held at your chest. Even with speakers, occasionally it’s necessary to project your own voice.