These are what my notes look like for one bit of my set, ‘Being single’. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you not to write your standup down. While it’s absolutely true that delivery is as (if not more) important than material, working out your set on paper helps you figure out what works, improve your wording over time, and feel like a ‘proper’ comedian. You can readily tell the standups that don’t do this, as their sets are more disjointed and tend to have less rewarding ‘payoffs’. Ultimately a headline set or show should have a theme or at least a direction, and this isn’t possible without a (loose) script.