read-stand-up-materialIt has gotten to the point that on regular basis somebody wants to pay me to read their stand-up comedy material.

I know why — they want me to determine if their stand-up comedy material will get laughs before they take it on stage.

And most of the time, I will respectfully decline — without hesitation or reservation. Why?

It’s certainly not because I don’t want to help someone in their stand-up endeavors. That’s NOT the case at all. Read the rest of this entry

caution-bewareIf you do a search online for “how to write a joke”, you will find an abundance of information that has little if any actionable value.

To be brutally honest — much of this information is absolutely worthless for trying to construct a stand-up comedy act – much less one that will actually generate any laughs.

So what I want to do in this article is identify some key terms and phrases that are used in association with the largely worthless “how to write a joke” content on page one and beyond on Google (or any other search engine for that matter) that should raise a red flag and more than a hint of skepticism as you find that info. Read the rest of this entry

It can be difficult at best to get accurate and complete information about anything, whether it be about politics or how to write stand-up comedy.

I also know that if an individual is willing to get enough “second opinions”, they will eventually find the answers they want to hear.

But when it comes to stand-up comedy, there are some misconceptions that keep those without real comedy talent thinking they can excel at stand-up comedy.

And sadder still are the misconceptions that keep those who do have real comedy talent from ever capitalizing on their talent.

So, let’s cover two of these misconceptions… Read the rest of this entry