Stop Overthinking the Joke. Sometimes It’s Just ‘Funny’

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Sometimes I’ll write a joke and think to myself, ‘that’s too simple… that’s not going to get a big laugh,’ only to try the joke on stage and get an applause break. I wrote a joke the other day and opened with it that night at the Comedy Store: “The republicans are consulting with Caitlyn Jenner on how to best deal with Donald Trump… . . . → Read More: Stop Overthinking the Joke. Sometimes It’s Just ‘Funny’

9 Stand-Up Comedy Specials Worth Streaming This 4th of July

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9 Stand-Up Comedians Worth Streaming on Netflix Now!

I love the 4th of July!

It’s another reason to eat and drink and celebrate something we don’t really get. As comedians or comedy writers, the 4th of July should provide great fodder for material, especially since so much comedy is about dichotomy and paradox. . . . → Read More: 9 Stand-Up Comedy Specials Worth Streaming This 4th of July

Learning How to Write Comedy Doesn’t Need to Be A Mystery

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Writing Comedy does not need to be a mystery..

How many times have you sat down and stared at a blank page or a blank computer screen trying to find something funny to write?

Discovering how to write comedy on a regular, routine basis . . . → Read More: Learning How to Write Comedy Doesn’t Need to Be A Mystery

Why *This is My Art* is Utter Nonsense

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I was at party recently and I had the privilege of meeting another veteran comedian, a comedian who had reached a certain notable level of success.

We were talking about comedy and I had mentioned that one of my students—Sascha Knopf—was a finalist in the ‘CA’s Funniest Female’ Comedy Competition this year, and another student . . . → Read More: Why *This is My Art* is Utter Nonsense

Inspiring Your Creative Muse with a Regular Routine

Having trouble getting inspiration for material?

Of all the questions I get from the writers and comedians I work with, by far the most common relates to inspiration.

“I haven’t ‘felt’ like writing.” or “Sometimes I feel it and sometimes I don’t.”

Do you fit into this category? Do you have trouble . . . → Read More: Inspiring Your Creative Muse with a Regular Routine