Biggest Mistakes Comedians Make When Writing Comedy

By Jerry Corley | Founder – The Stand Up Comedy Clinic

Comedy writing is rewarding. There is no better feeling than writing a joke and getting an appreciative laugh. Okay, maybe there is a better feeling but that belongs in a different blog:besides, if I told my wife that the things she does don’t compare . . . → Read More: Biggest Mistakes Comedians Make When Writing Comedy

Lessons New Comedians Learn From “Bringer Shows”

By Jerry Corley | Founder of The Stand Up Comedy Clinic

Let’s face it, one of the new realities in the comedy landscape in L.A. (and probably New York and San Francisco), is what is known as the “Bringer Show.” So we’re all on the same page, here’s the idea behind the bringer show: A . . . → Read More: Lessons New Comedians Learn From “Bringer Shows”

“I’m Getting Bored With My Comedy Writing”

By Jerry Corley | Founder – The Stand Up Comedy Clinic

I just had a session with one of my private students at my studio. After he ran some of his material, I asked him what happened to some of the other bits he was working on last time we met. He said, “I’m getting . . . → Read More: “I’m Getting Bored With My Comedy Writing”

How To Be a Better Comedian

By Jerry Corley | Founder – The Stand Up Comedy Clinic

A young comedian came up to me the other day and asked, “how can be a better comedy writer:I mean, right now?”

My first thought was to give him the standard rhetoric about how it’s a process and it takes time, blah, blah, blah. . . . → Read More: How To Be a Better Comedian

Is Stage Time the “Only Way” to Learn Comedy?

By Jerry Corley – Founder of the Stand Up Comedy Clinic

I just got an email from someone who said, “The only way to learn stand up comedy is stage time.” That’s a common response, but is it really well thought out? I would have to say, “No.” If the comedian is like a surgeon . . . → Read More: Is Stage Time the “Only Way” to Learn Comedy?

Comedy Clinic Student To Do Set For Showtime

Comedian and Stand Up Comedy Clinic student JC Morgan, also winner of the “Funniest Comic in L.A.” contest, was recently asked to appear on Showtime for a special they are shooting on ‘pot’ comedy. JC is a very talented writer and comedian and is a perfect example of a student who works hard and applies . . . → Read More: Comedy Clinic Student To Do Set For Showtime

Using Comedy Formula to Produce Laughter

Many comedians say that they don’t use formula, but what they don’t understand is that it’s the formula that stimulates the laugh.

This formula is called Compare and Contrast. It’s used a lot in comedy. One of the first times I identified this technique was when I was working with Cathy Ladman in Sacramento. . . . → Read More: Using Comedy Formula to Produce Laughter