Most live comedy is stand-up comedy. The biggest stars make millions. You'll need to start on the circuit though.
In this exclusive extract from Chris Head's new book, he introduces SREP: a structure that can be used in writing sketches, sitcom scenes and stand-up.
With live stand-up set to return, we're getting trade secrets from the experts. First up, Juliet Meyers on whether good material has a tell-by date.
We take a look at some of the devices that comedians use to elevate their stand-up shows. From including technology, to involving a human interest story, there's various things acts do to get audiences and awards judges interested.
Ever thought of directing a stand-up comedian's show, or - if you're a comedian - bringing on board a director to help you hone your performance? We run through what is involved, from the perspective of the person who would be directing.