Comedy is a skill in The Sims 4. The higher a Sim's comedy skill, the more successful their jokes will be and the more money they will receive for performing routines. This skill is essential for the Comedian branch of the Entertainer career. Raising this skill is also the main objective of the Joke Star aspiration.
|2||Tell Knock-Knock Jokes||Social interaction|
|3||Compose Short routine, Perform Short Routine||Computer and microphone interactions|
|4||Joke about Fashion||Social interaction|
|5||Practice Comedy Routine, Refine Comedy Routine||Computer interactions|
|6||Compose Medium Routine, Perform Medium Routine||Computer and microphone interactions|
|7||Write Comedy books||Computer interaction|
|8||Compose Long Routine; Perform Long Routine||Computer and microphone interactions|
|9||Tell a Crowd Pleasing Story||Social interaction|
|10||Improvise Routines||Microphone interaction|
Comedy skill is mainly built by practicing jokes on a microphone, writing jokes on a computer, reading comedy skill books and through funny interactions with other Sims. As Sims levels up, the unlocked options to write, refine and perform routines will also build this skill. Sims who are playful will build comedy faster. Goofball Sims become playful more often than other Sims, making the trait to be the perfect match for leveling comedy. Charisma can also help a learning comedy, as high levels in it boosts the success rates of jokes.
Composing and performing
As Sims gain more levels in comedy, they can start performing comedy routines. These routines have to be first composed on computers, before having them available for Sims to tell them on the microphone. At level three Sims can compose short routines, at level five Sims can practice routines, at level six Sims can compose medium routines, and at level eight Sims can compose long routines. At level 10 Sims can also improvise routines. Performing an excellent routine will make the Sim playful.
When performing comedy routines, Sims can gain Simoleons from other Sims. There are different amounts of Simoleons gained for different base qualities; base quality for short is §75, medium is §125, and long is §200. The Simoleons that can be gained from the routines have the ability to be pumped up by refining the routine at the computer, when the Sim has reached level five in the skill. The routines also have four quality levels: poor, okay, good, and excellent, and can affect on how much Simoleons the performing Sim can gain. An excellent short routine pays §112, excellent medium pays §188, and excellent long pays §330.
After a Sim has achieved level 7 in comedy, they can start writing comedy books by using the computer. While these books aren't different from normal ones, they are a great source for Simoleons. The quality of comedy books aren't also decided by the writing skill. Instead, the quality is determined by how high the comedy skill is. Sims with the Professiorial reward trait from completing the Renaissance Sim aspiration are also able to write custom comedy skill manuals.