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’

Bill Burr Reveals His Approach To Success

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Have you ever wondered what the secret to success in comedy is?

Ever feel like it’s just this massively intimidating idea, like this enormous blob of ectoplasmic goop that has no shape or form?

Building a career in comedy can be so daunting.

School is so much easier! In school they tell . . . → Read More: Bill Burr Reveals His Approach To Success

Does All Comedy Need to be Based in Truth? [Video]

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There seems to be a misconception out there when it comes to theories behind developing and writing comedy.

One of the most popularly espoused by many comedy instructors is: your comedy must be true.

NOT SO!

I’m not sure how this particular theory got so out of control. I say, “out of control” because . . . → Read More: Does All Comedy Need to be Based in Truth? [Video]

How to Write Comedy Like Bill Burr

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Recently I got an e-mail from a guy who said, “Jerry, I’ve been reading your stuff and Bill Burr doesn’t use any of the structures you talk about…”

REALLY?

Bill Burr has quickly become one of my favorite comedians. He’s intelligent. He’s crafty, and the dude is wickedly funny!

He’s narrowed down his demographic . . . → Read More: How to Write Comedy Like Bill Burr

“This Audience is Mostly Mormon”

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So one of my favorite students Skyped with me today.

He was upset about a comedy show he did.

It was a show he produced.

It was a show he emceed.

And it was a show that he didn’t do as well as he wanted.

“It was especially rough because I put . . . → Read More: “This Audience is Mostly Mormon”