There's no special "rule" that all comedians must be funny all the time. Example: Jerry Seinfeld and what he went through as documented in the movie "Comedian" - Jerry gave up all his stand-up material from the Seinfeld show and started from scratch with new stuff. When he was first starting over again, he wasn't recieved too well by audiences - people were surprised and saying things like "Man, isn't he SUPPOSED to be funny?". It took him an entire year of touring and performing in comedy clubs to build up his act to a point where it was getting him good laughs from audiences. So by your definition, Jerry must not be a real comedian because it took him a while to become funny again, and he wasn't funny ALL the time.Originally Posted by Missin Dave
Also, there are lots of comedians (and other entertainers like actors, singers, etc.) that save it for the stage, which is the only place that it matters.