Trying to Write Jokes, but Feeling Stuck?

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So you’re writing and you get a premise down on the page and then… it just doesn’t seem to go anywhere. Does this happen to you?

I was Skype-coaching with one of my students today and he said, I’ve been trying to write, but I keep feeling like I’m getting stuck.”

It can be super frustrating, especially when you’re just writing to put something, ANYTHING, on the page.

So how do you take that idea and make it into something?

Here’s a sure-fire way to develop that idea further to get to the jokes.

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10 Tips to Get Hired Writing for Late Night TV by NOT Following the “Rules.”

I’m here to tell you there are NO RULES in this business for getting work. In fact, I think I know more people in the business who have gotten a job working as actors, writers, and comedians who basically wrote their own rules.

So I have put together 10 tips for getting a hired writing for Late Night TV by NOT following the rules.

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Another Common Misconception About Writing Your Comedy

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In the vast horizon of possibilities of where comedy can come from, why would anyone who’s taken any time to study this art make such a definitive and limiting statement about comedy?

Not only that, just look around! Jerry Seinfeld, “What is it with bugs?!” or “I don’t know if horses really know they’re racing. I think horses are sitting at the starting gate going, ‘I know there’s a bag of oats at the end of this and I wanna get there first.'”

Does that sound like it comes from the depths of Seinfeld’s soul?

Or take Anthony Jeselnik: “The best way to break up with a girl is like I take off a band-aid, slowly and in the shower.”

Depths of his soul? Or just a incongruous association joke about breaking up with a girl?

Of course there are pieces the “depths of the soul” comment that make sense. It’s cathartic to talk about things that are deep and you have an emotional connection to. But how limiting is that statement?

It’s missing something, like, where the laugh comes from!

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Opportunity for Writing in Late Night TV Continues to Grow

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The opportunity for writing in Late Night T.V. continues to explode. We’ve never had more movement in that industry. There are more shows. And more shows need more content.

Who’s going to provide that content?

Comedians and writers like you!

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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’