That's right. In this post, I'm going to show you how to write a joke like Chris Rock... Well, I'm going to show you one specific way that Chris Rock writes
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
I believe that if you think an idea is funny, but it's not getting laughs, then most likely it's funny, but it's just missing an element that is needed to trigger the laugh.
In my classes, part of what we study is WHY people laugh. What triggers that?
When you understand that at its most intrinsic level you can begin to make changes to a joke to take it from a semi-chuckle (because it's a funny idea) to a triggered laugh because it a funny joke.
Here's an example:
When I started out as a comedian I wanted to learn all I could about the business. And watching my father go through his ups and downs financially as an actor, I looked at comedy, not as frivolity, but as a business. Once I did that, I saw all the possibilities and I focused on the ones that would give me the best return.
So I put together a quick list called 25 Ways to Make Money with Your Comedy.
Most don't even know these avenues of revenue exist.
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?
I see it time and time again, people who have amazing possibilities and opportunities, but don't seem to capitalize on them and succeed.
Are you one of those people? Do you feel like you're not moving forward or succeeding the way you want or with the speed with which you want?
There may be a way to help you start to change that trajectory with one adjustment in the way you approach life and your own decision making. In other words, by changing the
Comedians are a vulnerable bunch. If pleasing the audience isn't hard enough, many times we comedians also have to cope with criticism even after we get off the stage.
Sometimes we hear it from club owners or managers. Sometimes we hear it from other comedians and sometimes from an audience member who just watched you and decided that their experience in telemarketing gives them the credentials to bestow on you their expert tips on how you can kill it at your next gig.
"You were crushing it up until that last joke. Just didn't seem to fit." "You'd be funnier if you had fewer F-bombs." "You shouldn't do political material, it makes people uncomfortable." "Jokes about rape are inappropriate."
The list of critique can go on and on.
But before I go off on that
A large percentage of comedians today have that 'broke-artist' mentality. They actually think their way into staying broke. It's exactly that mentality that keeps them broke. I think part of the problem is reality vs. perception. Here's the reality: If you can get laughs consistently and work in almost any environment, you are a valuable commodity. Here's the perception: It's an art, so you shouldn't think about money. The problem with that approach is that if you're not thinking about making money, you ARE thinking about being broke.