How to Avoid The Creative Paralysis of Being Original

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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

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

COMEDY TECHNIQUE – COMPARE & CONTRAST

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

George Carlin May Be Dead; But Wordplay is Alive!

Wordplay in comedy is ‘hack!"

If you believed some comedians in this industry, you might think that statement is true.

If someone said that to me today, I would tell them that one of the most memorable comedy bits in all of comedy is George Carlin’s "Seven Words You Can’t Say On T.V."

It’s . . . → Read More: George Carlin May Be Dead; But Wordplay is Alive!

Comedian Lessons | Give The Joke A Chance!

One of my classes just had their graduation showcase at the world-famous Comedy Store. A student-comedian was not happy with his set. Some of the jokes worked and others didn’t. He was wondering whether the material was funny or whether he was just getting pity laughs while running the material in class.

He was . . . → Read More: Comedian Lessons | Give The Joke A Chance!

Comedian Lessons | Record Every Set

Here’s the thing: Comedy is a live endeavor. You get up in front of a different audience each and every night you perform. Even if you’re doing the same material, the audience is different, the club may be different and the night is different so the dynamics change. Therefore, it is essential that you capture . . . → Read More: Comedian Lessons | Record Every Set