Most stand-up comedians begin their comedy careers by performing at open mic nights. Here are three stand-up tips that you can use now to get the most out of your performance at open mic nights: Stand-up Comedy Tip #1: Before you perform at an open mic, you need to go see a paid stand-up comedy show featuring real comedy talent. The reason for this is simple Open mic nights are NOT representative of the best comedy talent. Its easy to assume that you could do better than most people performing at an open mic because the overall talent level is low to very low. If you want to model success, study comedians who have paid their dues and can command a comedy stage. Stand-up Comedy Tip #2: Rehearse your stand-up comedy act extensively before you ever hit the comedy stage. A simple guideline for rehearsing is to devote at least 20 minutes of rehearsal time for every 5 minutes of comedy material you are performing. Which directly ties into my last stand-up comedy tip Stand-up Comedy Tip #3: Understand that it is your delivery that will give you the most laughter impact on stagenot how the words or sentences in your act read from a piece of paper or word processor. Unfortunately, most people get completely stuck trying to write jokes the old school way instead of using some of the easier and more effective topic based techniques for developing big laugh comedy material that depend on delivery and presentation as opposed to writing jokes on paper. No matter what, if you want to get the most out of your open mic performances, you should record every single show that you do for performance evaluation (audio or video). If you are looking for more stand-up comedy tips, check out the link in my resource box below.