Stand-up comedy

Stand-up comedy is a comedy performance and narrative craft whereby a comedian communicates to a live audience, speaking directly to them through a microphone.[1][2][3] The performer is commonly known as a comic, stand-up comic, comedian, comedienne, stand-up comedian, or simply a stand-up.[4] Stand-up comedy is a dialogic monologue, or a grouping of humorous stories, jokes, and one-liners, typically called a shtick, routine, act, or set.[17] Stand-ups may fuse props, music, magic tricks, or ventriloquism.[18] Stand-up comedians perform quasi-autobiographical and fictionalized extensions of their offstage selves.[30]

Stand-up comedy
George Carlin performing his stand-up comedy routine in April 2008
MediumPerforming arts, talk radio, live action, social media
Ancestor artsMonologist, humorist, clown, tummler
Descendant artsPodcaster, social media influencer
Originating culturethe scene (geographical)