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

Here’s a great question that comes up from time to time regarding “hit-or-miss” stand-up comedy material when it comes to generating laughs:

This seems to happen to me a lot – I will perform a new bit or use a new line in an existing bit and it will work great the first time I do it.

But when I try the material again, it doesn’t get near the laughs or it tanks. Do you know why?
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challenges2One thing I know beyond a shadow of a doubt:

Folks will only struggle as a comedian for so long before that adventure falls into “too hard” category and toss it aside. That’s too bad because most people have more than enough comedy talent to make good headway as a comedian.

So a question that some may ask is “Are new comedians predisposed to struggle needlessly?”

Knowing what I know now, I would have to say with few exceptions that they probably are.

Now before I jump into why I think that way, please note that stand-up comedy is a challenging endeavor – certainly much more so than meets the eye for the casual observer. However, I also believe that there are a number of significant obstacles that are actually self-generated. Read the rest of this entry