Comedy has become a big part of auditioning and you need to be prepared. Every woman should have at least one female comedic monologue in her repertoire. Look for material that really resonates with you. The subject matter may be something that reminds you of an experience you have had. It’s also good if you can find something that is universal for the audience to relate to.
Your monologue, like your picture and resume, is your calling card. It is something personal to you that, when you deliver, makes a memorable impression and shows something of the essence of your ability and style. Just like a dramatic monologue, you want to choose a piece with high stakes. You need a reason to go through this journey and to take your audience with you. You also want to make sure it fits your type. If you are a leading lady, don’t pick something that is obviously written for a character actress. Everyone knows that the character actresses often get the comedic roles, but not always. Look at Jennifer Aniston or Courtney Cox. They had very successful careers in comedic roles on “Friends”. Aniston has transferred her comedic skills to many a Hollywood movie. Kacey Jordan is another example, playing the girl next door in wildly successful and hysterically funny “Big Bang Theory”. There is definitely room for leading ladies in the comedy scene, but you need to show casting directors and agents your fun and quirky side.
Often comedy grows from a dramatic situation, like scorching your favorite outfit with the iron right before a big event or ordering a salad at a restaurant with absolutely everything on the side. There are lots of comedic situations. You also want a piece that escalates to show your range and ability as an actress. Casting Directors are looking for someone who can really bring a comedic script to life, not just someone to be the pretty sidekick or straight woman. The more “colors” you can show in your work the better.