Stand-up comedy is a style of comedy where the performer speaks directly to the audience, with the absence of the theatrical "fourth wall". A person who performs stand-up comedy is known as a stand-up comic, stand-up comedian (comedienne if female) or more informally stand up. It is usually performed by a single comedian, with the aid of a hand-held microphone. The name comes from the fact that the comic usually stands up during their routine. The comedian usually recites a fast-paced succession of humorous stories Read more on Last.fm.