Re: how do you memorize your sets?
How you memorize your set will somewhat depend on how you write it. My roommate is also a comic and he writes material by getting on stage and riffing on a premise and after doing that a few times he will have the bit fleshed out and memorized.
I write out all my jokes before going on stage and a week before I go up I rehearse my set a few times a day, each day. On the day of performing I'll rehearse it a little bit more than usual, maybe like 4 or 5 times, just to know I've got it down. However, once I get to wherever I'm performing I purposefully stop thinking about my jokes. In my experience rehearsing my set at the venue only causes me to second guess my jokes and my confidence that I'll remember the jokes. Once I get to the venue I try to get in a relaxed mindset by taking deep breaths and joking around with the other comics.
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