So you want to make it as a sketch comedian, huh? Has the Internet convinced you that sketch comedy fame is only one short web series away? Perfect. That level of blind faith, coupled with the power of the Internet, is the first step to experiencing sketch comedy glory.
There is, of course, a certain level of talent required to become successful. And with that talent comes an understanding of comedic timing, joke structure, character development, and all kinds of other little details that make up a great comedian. But hey, you can't win if you don't play. And if you're not sure whether or not you even want to play, just start watching a ton of sketch comedy. It'll help you get a feel for the various styles of sketch and whether or not you feel like you've got the chops to give it a crack. A great place to start taking it in would be with truTV's Friends of the People. It’s a sketch show developed by—and starring—a few comedian buddies of mine who have always had their own very unique brand of comedy that has translated very nicely on screen. There are a lot of sketch shows out there that just feel like their bits were pulled from a how-to book on writing jokes. That's not FOTP. These guys are way too funny to let something like that happen.
To help you get a better sense of what life in sketch comedy is all about, I fired off a few questions at Kevin Barnett and Jermaine Fowler in hopes of getting the answers that you guys want to hear. I definitely got some answers—pretty great ones—but whether or not you want to hear them is completely up to you. And by the time you're done reading them, please leave a comment and let me know if you still want to be a comedian. Kevin and Jermaine are also very curious as to whether or not their advice is inspiring. So comment wisely, because they'll be reading and probably know where you live.