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

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...

What these two wieners can teach us about comedy

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

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
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Why Are You Yelling Your Comedy?

The benign violation theory, a psychological phenomenon where the audience will recoil from the offense. In comedy it's when the audience is repulsed or offended by the content or also the volume. Yelling or screaming into the microphone is not a substitution for authentic enthusiasm...