Stand Up Comedy Clinic http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:01:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 The Best Way to Write a Comedy Act if You’re an Absolute Newbie http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/the-best-way-to-write-a-comedy-act-if-youre-an-absolute-newbie/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/the-best-way-to-write-a-comedy-act-if-youre-an-absolute-newbie/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:01:10 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=7506 confused-drawing-comedy-act

There are three primary techniques I use when creating a comedy routine. The first way is to always write down things that are funny. Usually when I'm with a group of friends and something occurs that makes me and them laugh, I will write it down to possibly use later.

The other technique is to sit down and write jokes. I prefer this technique because I don't have to wait for the coincidence of the moment with friends or a funny situation to just happen to 'occur' to me. I can just sit down and generate material.

I do this by utilizing about 23 different approaches, but for the sake of this blog post, I will just write about two approaches. Here they are...

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Measuring Yourself Against The Better You http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/measuring-yourself-against-the-better-you/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/measuring-yourself-against-the-better-you/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 21:28:11 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=6771 shutterstock_244966906 Someone is sitting at your desk. There is something familiar about this person. From a distance, this person bears a striking resemblance to you: they have the same frame, the same face, the same features as you. But as you get closer, you begin to notice subtle differences between this person and yourself. They look like they eat healthier and exercise a little more regularly. Their posture is slightly better and their clothes have fewer wrinkles. This person is the Better You. The Better You knows the . . . → Read More: Measuring Yourself Against The Better You   Read more...

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How to Write Comedy Like Daniel Tosh – A Deconstruction http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/how-to-write-stand-up-comedy-like-daniel-tosh-a-deconstruction/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/how-to-write-stand-up-comedy-like-daniel-tosh-a-deconstruction/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:56:30 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=6662 How to Write Stand up Comedy Like Daniel Tosh – A Deconstruction Wanna learn what makes Daniel Tosh tick? Some people just think he's an arrogant A-hole. But there's more to Tosh than meets the eye. Take a look at this deconstruction of an 8-minute of Tosh's special "Happy Thoughts" and learn exactly the tools Tosh uses to get laughs. . . . → Read More: How to Write Comedy Like Daniel Tosh – A Deconstruction   Read more...

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Getting Gigs – Student Byron Valino Hits the Road http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/getting-gigs-student-byron-valino-hits-the-road/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/getting-gigs-student-byron-valino-hits-the-road/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 20:24:28 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=6567 byron valino The dream is to stand on stage, hold that mic and tell your jokes, do your bits, get some laughs. Then you usually want to do it again... and again. But after doing the mics around town, getting in your fair share of 'bringer' shows, something gnaws at you to move beyond that. You want to do it in front of a 'real' audience. Some of you might even have the desire to take your act on the road for a spell. And get paid. So how do you do get to go on the road and get paid? In a word, the answer is 'work.' Hard work. . . . → Read More: Getting Gigs – Student Byron Valino Hits the Road   Read more...

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“You Changed My Life!” Can You Turn a Supermodel into a Comedian? http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/can-you-turn-a-supermodel-into-a-comedian/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/can-you-turn-a-supermodel-into-a-comedian/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 01:47:21 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=6546 Eugenia Kuzmina Comedian So I said to this model: "I'm going to send you an email with an introduction. Let's pretend that I am an emcee introducing you on the stage. I want you to answer the email and come up with a response that you think is funny." In the email said: "Ladies and Gentlemen, our next performer comes to us from the world of high fashion. In fact she must be really hungry because I just saw her in the green room devouring an entire Tic-Tac. Please help me welcome, Eugenia Kuzmina!" About twenty minutes later, I received an email from Eugenia. Her response was: "Devouring an entire Tic-Tac. That is funny, but not true. I am a model, I would never eat an entire meal at one sitting..." We booked our first meeting. . . . → Read More: “You Changed My Life!” Can You Turn a Supermodel into a Comedian?   Read more...

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When You Do the Work… http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/when-you-do-the-work/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/when-you-do-the-work/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:35:32 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=5737 joshua-jackson Just wanted to post a quick shout-out to my boy Joshua Jackson. Joshua just won the Clairmont Comedy Competition in--of all places--Clairmont, California. I was humbled that Joshua thanked me in his celebratory post on Facebook. Josh attended the Stand Up Comedy Clinic for a while and busted his butt developing his act. Week after week Josh went from a guy who didn't do a lot of stand-up to really developing into someone who understood the fundamentals. Every week Josh showed up to class early, asked questions before class, was not afraid to disagree when something wasn't working, and applied the new lessons he learned to his material. Then what happened? . . . → Read More: When You Do the Work…   Read more...

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Conan O’Brien Just Could be a Stand-up’s Best Friend http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/conan-obrien-just-could-be-a-stand-ups-best-friend/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/conan-obrien-just-could-be-a-stand-ups-best-friend/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:52:59 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=5662 conan-main2 Doing your stand up on Late Night T.V. can be your big break as a comedian. Well, unless you're Madonna doing stand-up on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I won't get into that face-plant into a steamy pile of dog food by-product. I think that gimmick--at least for me--dropped my opinion of Fallon's show; certainly with regard to it's appeal for comedians. When Johnny Carson was still on the air. The Tonight Show was the pinnacle. If a comedian could get on the Tonight Show and get that nod from Johnny to sit on the couch, then you could almost write your own ticket. Currently, for comedians and their futures, it seems that Late Night has lost that sizzle... Or has it? . . . → Read More: Conan O’Brien Just Could be a Stand-up’s Best Friend   Read more...

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Nobody Has the Credentials to Tell You “You Can’t” http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/nobody-has-the-credentials-to-tell-you-you-cant/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/nobody-has-the-credentials-to-tell-you-you-cant/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:24:18 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=5579 through-a-wall Rejection. We've all had our fair share, right? Being in the business of entertainment; being a comedian a writer, an actor, exposes you to more than your fair share, I believe. Some of us are more affected by rejection than others. We take rejection as ostracism and we can do damage to ourselves and our careers if we take it too deeply to heart. I don't know about you but I know some people who have given up after too much rejection. The problem is sometimes too much is only once. But the good news is I think we can learn to smash through rejection and overcome it. . . . → Read More: Nobody Has the Credentials to Tell You “You Can’t”   Read more...

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What These Two Weiners Can Teach Us About Comedy http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/what-these-two-weiners-can-teach-us-about-comedy/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/what-these-two-weiners-can-teach-us-about-comedy/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 03:36:36 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=5467 What these two wieners can teach us about comedy What in the world of funny?! I can't believe this hack just did a joke on the name Weiner being so much like the hot dog wiener. Oh my God what a hack! I can just hear it now all the super clever comedians out there skewering me for having the nerve to post such a ridiculously sophomoric statement. But I have a point to this whole thing... I think. There's a trend out there in stand-up comedy land, kids. And the trend is . . . → Read More: What These Two Weiners Can Teach Us About Comedy   Read more...

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New Comedy Club Opens in Lansing Michigan http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/new-comedy-club-opens-in-lansing-michigan/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/new-comedy-club-opens-in-lansing-michigan/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 03:56:00 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=5458 Trippers Comedy Club Hey Road Dogs! A new comedy club has opened in Lansing Michigan. Woo-Hoo! According to WLNSNews.com in Lansing, Trippers Comedy Club has opened it's doors. For those of you out there and working the road, it could be a few days that you can fill in a long road schedule. Manager Jason Burkhart says that the club is going to be having shows on Thursdays at 9pm and Friday and Saturdays at 8pm and 10pm. You might already know the bookers too. The bookers for the new Trippers Comedy club are . . . → Read More: New Comedy Club Opens in Lansing Michigan   Read more...

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Jon Stewart to Step Down From The Daily Show http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/jon-stewart-to-step-down-from-the-daily-show/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/jon-stewart-to-step-down-from-the-daily-show/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:02:47 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=5439 jon-stewart-leaving-daily-show Oh Snap! If things weren't explosive already when it comes to Late Night T.V. and variety T.V. If you remember, the middle of last year I wrote about the changes in the Late Night T.V. scene are unprecedented in T.V. history with changes in The Tonight Show and Late Night on N.B.C. Now things are heating up even more with the news of Jon Stewart announcing that he is stepping down from The Daily Show! What? Say it ain't so! Jon Stewart has been the most trusted name in news and comedy for the last twenty years, while also developing and introducing some of the most talented people in comedy, like Stephen Colbert, who's now replacing David Letterman and of course John Oliver, who now has a show on HBO. And now the landscape in Late Night is changing drastically. This spells opportunity. . . . → Read More: Jon Stewart to Step Down From The Daily Show   Read more...

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NBC Needs More Women Comedy Writers http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/nbc-wants-more-women-comedy-writers/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/nbc-wants-more-women-comedy-writers/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:13:52 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=5398 late night comedy writers in writers room NBC says they need more women writers in TV. For a long time I've been saying that network has been under the gun to diversify their staffs and their shows. For example in Late Night TV writers rooms the huge majority of the writers are average white males. There aren't enough females. Sure you can name Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but can you name any other female writers in comedy today? This is why this NBC exec is on camera stating how they are scouting for females to fill the... . . . → Read More: NBC Needs More Women Comedy Writers   Read more...

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How to Avoid The Creative Paralysis of Being Original http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/how-to-avoid-the-creative-paralysis-of-being-original/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/how-to-avoid-the-creative-paralysis-of-being-original/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 09:26:44 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=5309 confused-man A comedian walks into a bar and sees a poster with a saying that is similar to a joke he's been doing. It's not the same joke, but it almost has the exact set up line. He panics. A thousand questions run through his mind: "What do I do?" "Did the guy who did that poster see my act and use a version the joke?" "Did I see that poster some time in the past and it stuck in my head?" "Should I stop doing my joke?" . . . → Read More: How to Avoid The Creative Paralysis of Being Original   Read more...

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Sneak Peak: Jerry Seinfeld-Worst I Ever Bombed http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/jerry-seinfeld-worst-i-ever-bombed/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/jerry-seinfeld-worst-i-ever-bombed/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:39:23 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=5302 Jerry Seinfeld - Worst I Ever Bombed Whether you have bombed or not doing stand-up, doesn't mean anything. What you do with that experience defines your character. . . . → Read More: Sneak Peak: Jerry Seinfeld-Worst I Ever Bombed   Read more...

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Master Word-Play Like George Carlin http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/master-word-play-like-george-carlin/ http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/master-word-play-like-george-carlin/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:01:16 +0000 http://www.standupcomedyclinic.com/?p=5263 George Carlin

It’s been over six years since George Carlin died of heart failure at 71 in Santa Monica, CA.

George was widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of all time. He’s listed in Comedy Central’s list of Top 100 Comics at number 2, just behind the great Richard Pryor, . . . → Read More: Master Word-Play Like George Carlin   Read more...

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