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

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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Voice Typing: Google Docs Secrets to Improve Your Writing Efficiency

Have you ever lost a writing document on your computer after spending hours revising it? You look and look and for the life of you, you cannot find that document!

Few things are more frustrating, except...

Losing years worth of writing documents when a hard drive crashes.

Or have you ever been out and about and a friend calls and needs a copy of a revision of a document? Or a spreadsheet or a presentation? And you wind up saying something like, "I'll get it out to you as soon as I get back to my computer..."

Or have you ever wanted to collaborate on writing with someone and you get confused about sending each other drafts of each other's work and you get confused about which draft you're on or who wrote what?

Or finally... do you hate typing? Do you wish there was a way you could talk and your own personal stenographer would record it and type up all the pages and send them to you?

Well, what if I told you that I have a tool that will solve all those problems. Better yet, what if I told you that the solution was 100% free?

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Why Are These College Kids So Damn PC?

Got an email from a student today. It said...

"The lesson I learned tonight is that university students are PC to the point that it is unnatural. These are the people posting PC crap all over Facebook! At first I was confused about my inability to connect with the crowd. I felt it from my first joke (about marriage/children).

So how do we make this work?"

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

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...
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How to Write Comedy Like Daniel Tosh – A Deconstruction

Wanna learn what makes Daniel Tosh tick? Some people just think he's an arrogant A-hole. But there's more to Tosh than meets the eye. Take a look at this deconstruction of an 8-minute of Tosh's special "Happy Thoughts" and learn exactly the tools Tosh uses to get laughs.
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What These Two Weiners Can Teach Us About Comedy

What in the world of funny?! I can't believe this hack just did a joke on the name Weiner being so much like the hot dog wiener. Oh my God what a hack! I can just hear it now all the super clever comedians out there skewering me for having the nerve to post such a ridiculously sophomoric statement. But I have a point to this whole thing... I think. There's a trend out there in stand-up comedy land, kids. And the trend is
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How to Avoid The Creative Paralysis of Being Original

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?"
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Master Word-Play Like George Carlin

It's been over six years since George Carlin died of heart failure at 71 in Santa Monica, CA. George was widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up

Why *This is My Art* is Utter Nonsense

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

Testing Your Jokes Against Late Night

    "How do I know when my jokes are working?" If you've been following my blog, by now you know that writing one and two liners is key to really making your