Dave Chappelle gave Will Smith some stand-up tips

Despite starring in a legendary sitcom and a number of successful comedy movies, Will Smith had never performed stand-up before late last year. So who better to turn to than pal Dave Chappelle for some advice before his first-ever set?

On the most recent episode of “Will Smith’s Bucket List,” the actor’s Facebook Watch series, he asked the comic for his some tips on getting the crowd to laugh at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles.

“The first thing I’ll tell you is confidence is key,” Chappelle told Smith. “The reason you should be confident is primarily because you’re Will Smith. I’ve been watching you for years — you’re actually a funny dude. I’ve spoken to you before, you’re a great conversationalist. What else do you really need to do?”

Next up, he stressed the importance of “[picking] the right s—t to talk about.”

Then Chappelle moved on to what he said was the most important thing for any wannabe stand-up to keep in mind.

“The best advice I ever got doing comedy was from a comedian that was not particularly good, but the advice was very important to me,” he said. “He said, ‘You are one of those comedians who think you have to be funny all the time. You don’t. But, you do have to be interesting all the time.’”

Chappelle told Smith that if he kept those tips in mind, especially the last one, he’d have no problem reaching his audience.

“You can talk about anything, the more embarrassing, the more relatable you are. Because everyone thinks you’re perfect,” the comedian said. “Nobody’s perfect. But it’s fun to be self-aware in front of people. And a lot of times, they forgive themselves for something, just hearing somebody work through something.”

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