I have watched many stand-up comedies but I have watched few of them to be called a duet or more.

I think having a partner and doing the silly things and dialogues gain more laughs than when they work alone and play different roles. Because in my opinion people will be stunned more if they see multiple people playing multiple roles.

So why do most of stand-up comedians work alone?

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    A lot of stand-up comedians suffer from depression and/or mania. Neither of those are especially conducive to building healthy partnerships
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 8, 2023 at 15:13
  • Would you classify Abbot and Costello as stand up comedians? Commented Aug 8, 2023 at 15:48
  • Sometimes they were. For example, in a play in front of live audience, Just like Laurel and Hardy did. These comedian duos were so famous and they liked each other so much that they couldn't think about working alone. Commented Aug 8, 2023 at 16:10
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    I’m voting to close this question because it is about stand-up comedy - not Movies and TV
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Aug 9, 2023 at 3:30
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    @iandotkelly First of all if that's off-topic then its tag shouldn't exist. Second, I searched on per-meta site first to see if that's on-topic or not. And I found it to be on-topic Commented Aug 9, 2023 at 9:24

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One major advantage of being a solo act in live comedy is that you get to keep all the money yourself. Audiences generally aren't willing to pay double the ticket price just because there are two people on stage, so all else being equal, a solo comedian will make more money than a double act.

Of course, if audiences like you much better in a double act, then you can overcome this disadvantage by getting better gigs than you would have done on your own (bigger venues, TV, movies etc.)

  • ...and if course this is more true for a comedian on the stand-up comedy club circuit trying to live on either x% of ticket sales or a venue's payment per time slot, compared to a comedian performing in a TV comedy show where their pay is one per-person negotiated up-front cost among many like paying the production crew etc, so solo shows are less likely to pay better. There's also more per-person costs for a touring show (same reason theatre troupes have fewer actors, with some playing multiple roles to keep the group smaller) Commented Aug 10, 2023 at 21:15

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