Comedian Performs at a Show

Comedians are entertainers who make people laugh. They use a variety of techniques to amuse their audiences, including telling jokes, composing and singing humorous songs, wearing funny costumes, and doing impersonations. Comedians perform in nightclubs, comedy clubs, coffee houses, theaters, television shows, films, and even business functions, such as trade shows and sales meetings.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Make people laugh by telling jokes, writing and singing humorous songs, wearing funny costumes, and doing impersonations
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major urban areas, particularly New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco Bay Area, but jobs exist in cities and towns throughout the country.
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • English
  • Speech
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Performing experience required
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Outgoing
  • Talkative
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Successful Comedian
  • Comedian
  • Aspiring Comedian