There are no bad premises in comedy, only premises we don't feel connected to. But there's always a way to take a premise and give it some context so that it comes alive and can create excitement.
Normally I take the stance that I only have control over my own behavior and no one else’s but I’m also a stubborn Irish fool from New York…
So I said, “Excuse me. I overheard you talking about Carrot Top. Why would you spend that kind of energy putting down one of the most successful entertainers in the World?"
Wouldn’t you get more benefit studying how he became that successful? Asking yourself how he got there? What could I do better that might help me and my career?
The guy who seemed to be the leader was like, “—you a comic, brah?”
I said, “you might say that…”
He said, “Well, I don’t know about you, but I’d rather keep my integrity than be a prop comic.”
Hannibal Buress laughed in the face of Loyola University in a recent performance at the Catholic College in Chicago. Buress opened his act with a projection image of an email that
Joe Dungan, one of my hardest working students and one of my master teachers just won The Clean Comedy Challenge 2017 at the Ice House in Pasadena, CA!
Joe competed against a litany of other comedians. And he must've done great because at the end of the performances one of the other comedians said to him, "Get ready to collect your prize money," implying that it was clear who won the Clean Comedy Challenge.
So how did Joe do it?
The Trump voters—who during the campaign seemed quiet, almost a little embarrassed about admitting they were voting for Trump are now emboldened in post-election. They have no problem booing comedians, heckling them or threatening them now that their guy is going to be the president.
Some comedians, like Wanda Sykes, was booed when she called Trump an “orangutang,” and Amy Schumer had 200 people walk out of her show when she condescendingly questioned a Trump supporter after inviting her on the stage--
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
That's good news, my manager's calling. Maybe he's got some work for me... "Hey Harry. Tell me some good news." "I just wanted to let you know that I get 20% of whatever work you're doing, regardless of if I book it." So I said, "I'm sorry, Harry. I don't think I heard you right. Can you repeat that?" "I just wanted to let you know that I get 20% of whatever work you're doing, regardless of if I book it." I straightened up, took a breath and said...
Yes there are devices and structures you can use in your joke and storytelling to get more applause. This one particular device is used by all the best comedians. It can literally up your game and increase applause. it's called...
I have a student who emailed me recently about people hating on him.
He's a little awkward on stage. He's working on it, but he comes across as the guy next door or maybe the 'creepy' guy next door.
He's got a lot of the locals including the local club owner who constantly berate him. They put him down, they tease, they pick.
He said, "Jerry, you've got to help me. I just have these guys totally hating on me all the time. What do I do?"