5 Reasons to Use Imitation and Emulation to Learn Stand-up Comedy

From the time we are toddlers, we learn by watching and imitating. That’s how we learn to walk, to talk, to express ourselves.

Imitation is the ‘stem-cell’ of our learning ability.

So why not utilize this technique when learning how to be a comedian?

At first, it might seem like cheating, no?

And when . . . → Read More: 5 Reasons to Use Imitation and Emulation to Learn Stand-up Comedy

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 failed get into one of the regional prelim competitions so he was told by the organizer that he needed to resubmit in order to be . . . → Read More: Stop Thinking Like an Employee

Inspiring Your Creative Muse with a Regular Routine

Having trouble getting inspiration for material?

Of all the questions I get from the writers and comedians I work with, by far the most common relates to inspiration.

“I haven’t ‘felt’ like writing.” or “Sometimes I feel it and sometimes I don’t.”

Do you fit into this category? Do you have trouble . . . → Read More: Inspiring Your Creative Muse with a Regular Routine

Not Everyone Peaks in Their Twenties

All in the Family

About six years ago, I was at the famous Friars Club in Beverly Hills. It was showcase night. One of the main bookers from the Montreal Comedy Festival was in L.A. to scout comics for “Just For Laughs,” the biggest comedy festival in America.

All the comics were buzzing about it.

“‘The Guy’ from Montreal . . . → Read More: Not Everyone Peaks in Their Twenties

Writing Funny about Proposition 8

So you wake up early today. Maybe you go for a run, maybe you walk the dog, maybe, like me, you’re up early because you have a toddler in the house who wakes you up, because they don’t know that you’ve been up the night before trying to write.

But you feel like today . . . → Read More: Writing Funny about Proposition 8

“This Audience is Mostly Mormon”

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So one of my favorite students Skyped with me today.

He was upset about a comedy show he did.

It was a show he produced.

It was a show he emceed.

And it was a show that he didn’t do as well as he wanted.

“It was especially rough because I put . . . → Read More: “This Audience is Mostly Mormon”

How To Be Funny (Pt. 1) | A Non-Comedian’s Guide

Okay, okay, you’ve talked me into it.

After all the emails, I’m now going to start to dedicate some of the space on this blog for non-comedians; a place where the ‘everyday’ person can get a dose of insight into how to be funny.

Before we get started with the tips, please be advised that . . . → Read More: How To Be Funny (Pt. 1) | A Non-Comedian’s Guide