Add More Laughs by Putting On Your Comedy Toolbelt

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Looking to add more laughs into your act? Sometimes just applying some deliberate writing you can use mechanics to add some quick laughs as you advance the routine.

According to Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Live, one of the crucial things an audience looks for in a comedian who first steps on stage . . . → Read More: Add More Laughs by Putting On Your Comedy Toolbelt

3 Reasons You Should Develop Your Comedy Writing Chops

3 Reasons to Develop your Comedy writing chops

Open Letter

I’m gonna call this blog post an open letter to comedy teachers.

This especially goes out to one comedy teacher in particular who refers to himself as “America’s Original Comedy Coach.” (Lol, right?)

Recently, I put a post on Facebook called “911 For Your Jokes.” It’s a step-by-step walkthrough of 5 different . . . → Read More: 3 Reasons You Should Develop Your Comedy Writing Chops

Performing the Same Jokes Doesn’t Make it Boring

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When you’re starting out, I cannot emphasize the importance of building that core act. You should do it constantly, revise, refine and polish. Add act-outs, tags and toppers. Until it crushes. Worrying about your friends hearing the same jokes is counter-productive to you really developing and polishing your act. Not to mention that it can have a cascading negative impact on your development. . . . → Read More: Performing the Same Jokes Doesn’t Make it Boring

How is Writing Comedy the Fastest Way to Complete and Utter Failure?

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I was listening to some comedy the other day and I came across this video (podcast interview on YouTube). There was a guy in the interview who was talking about comedy.

This guy was from Kentucky and he had a bit of that Southern accent that made me think, “Damn! I didn’t know they had the internet in the hollar.

He said, “Writing comedy is the fastest way to complete failure.” As you might imagine, that got my attention!

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The Best Way to Write a Comedy Act if You’re an Absolute Newbie

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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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