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How Can You Be Funny On the Spot Without Pre-Written Jokes?

If you take time to investigate someone who appears to be "naturally" funny, you will find that they developed their ability to be funny through exposure and experience. Either through watching hours and hours of television or exposure to friends or family who also had exposure to comedy. Through many of my own observations with multiple students, I've found that we can recreate that kind of exposure and help them develop a spontaneous sense of humor that may not have been there before. This is accomplished through enabling them to understand the stimuli that makes people laugh, then giving them repeated exercises to help them automatize this understanding until it becomes "natural."
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Boring Premise to Great Routine

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.
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Why Wait? Plan your Own Success!

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:

Stay funny during the holidays

Holidays Can be Stressful or They Can be Comedy Gold, Your Choice!

I love the holidays, but every year we hear stories about how stressful the holidays can be.

Suicide rates go up, family arguments occur, anxiety and depression increases, crime increases and so do heart attacks. 

That's not fake news, those are facts and I know it sounds drastic, but as a comedian I say, "Comedy Gold, right?!"

One way to be sure you're keeping your sense of humor is to remember to keep

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Trying to Write Jokes, but Feeling Stuck?

So you're writing and you get a premise down on the page and then... it just doesn’t seem to go anywhere. Does this happen to you?

I was Skype-coaching with one of my students today and he said, I've been trying to write, but I keep feeling like I'm getting stuck."

It can be super frustrating, especially when you’re just writing to put something, ANYTHING, on the page.

So how do you take that idea and make it into something?

Here's a sure-fire way to develop that idea further to get to the jokes.

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How to Keep an Emcee’s Horrible Introduction from Tanking your Show

There are a ton of ways an emcee can ruin the introduction for a comedian. They can bomb a joke then immediately bring you up. They can create an incident with someone in the audience and bring you up on a sour note. They can screw up your name or screw up your intro.

They can do a backwards intro. A backwards intro is where they mention your name first and the audience doesn't feel the impulse to applaud...

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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?"
Stand Up Comedy Clinic

Stop Thinking Like an Employee

One of my comedian friends was recently brutally upset by the fact that he had to pay an admission fee to a comedy competition to be considered for it. He