Master Stand-up Comedy

with Hypnosis and NLP




Awesome experiences and adrenaline highs 1

The beginning 5

A brief history of stand-up comedy 6

So what opportunities can stand-up comedy offer you? 9

Your Personal Inventory – what skills do you already have that could be useful? 16

The next stage of development 21



 Managing your mental state – how to remove fear from your life 23

Influence of your unconscious mind 24

So what is hypnosis and how can you use it? 29

Scientific models of the unconscious mind 34

It’s your unconscious mind that makes you funny 38

So what is Neuro Linguistic Programming? 40

Are your beliefs holding you back? 42

Achieving your goals 46

Managing your mental state to create stress-free performing 47

We are not our emotions 49

Understand how your mind stores memories 52

Analysing your beliefs and memories 55

Turning negative experiences into positive ones – analysing your Visual Submodalities 57

What are you saying to yourself? 58

Let’s play with your feelings using Emotion-based Submodalities 62

Relationships between your sense-based submodalities 64

How to use Metaphors to permanently change how you feel about something 66

Change how you picture yourself using the NLP Swish Pattern 69

Develop your confidence with a Circle of Excellence 71

Hypnotic Trance Induction – cycling through your senses 75

Speak directly to your unconscious through the use of a pendulum 78

Controlling your emotions – Spinning Technique 81

Changing how you feel – Michael Chekhov’s Imaginary Centres technique 84

Build good feelings that you can trigger when you need them – the “Anchoring”

technique 84

Anchoring – immerse yourself within an imaginary character 89

Anchoring – wearing masks (or a clown nose) 91

Anchoring – creating Anchors through movement 91

Relaxation Techniques – scanning your body and releasing stress 93

Relaxation – using memories of a happy place 95

Using breath management to control stress responses 96

Using Meditation to control stress levels 99

Focused Meditation 100

Detached Observer Meditation 102

Next steps 103



 The science of making people laugh 105

Gender bias in humour 112

Keeping a straight face 112

Gallows and black humour 113

Comedy Theories of Humour 114

An outbreak of comedy from the Central African Medical Journal, 1963 118

Corpsing 119

Differing types of laughter 120

Anaesthetic effects of laughter 121

Roots of comedy 121

Is comedy culturally specific? 122

Strategies for generating new comedy material using unconscious focus 122

Generating comedy through movement – Darwin’s Thinking Path 124

Political Humour 125

Developing raw stand-up comedy material 128

Idea Generation 129

So you think you are not funny –perhaps you could begin by telling stories from your own life 129

Begin to examine jokes and analyse their structure 130

Simple Joke Structures 132

Gaining new perspectives using Perceptual Positions 140

The ethics of stealing other comedians’ material 142

Birthing of new comedy material 143

Exposing the myth of ‘comedy on tap’ 145

What type of comedy do you wish to play with? 146

The importance of Comedy Timing, Rhythm & Tempo 147

Noticing your own personal Comedy Production Strategies 149

Improvisation 150

Next steps 151



 How to hypnotise your audience – Comedian as Trance Inducer 153

Is it useful to use aggression to control your audience? 156

Give the audience humour that connects with their lives – ‘Mirroring and Matching’ 156

Anchoring your audience to build laughter 157

Using sensory based language patterns 158

Controlling the speed and tempo of your comedic delivery 158

Things you can do to break connection with your audience 159

Building connection and rapport with your audience 160

How do you pace and lead a low energy audience to a better state 161

Metaphoric language patterns – Comedians dying, killing, slaying and battling to the death 162

The strategy for overcoming the comedian’s biggest fear – “dying” on-stage 165

Using the tension of disconnecting with your audience during the performance 169

Should comedians regard the experience of “dying” on-stage as their worst fear? 170

How to deal with Hecklers 171

Getting ready for your stand-up performance – how to future pace the perfect gig 173