There are a number of folks who find my websites using the search terms “stand-up comedy formulas” or “joke writing formulas”.

It’s kind of sad really because here’s what I know about those folks without ever having to meet them:

1. They are either not funny and they are trying to “write” their way to becoming funny on stage or…

2. They are funny, but they are desperately trying to find the right “joke formulas” in order to “write” comedy material that actually works

Either way, these folks are pretty much screwed when it comes to getting substantial laughs on stage trying to use joke formulas.


Let’s start with the fact that most (93%) of an individual’s laughter generation ability has nothing to do with the words/sentences a person says when they are on stage. It comes from how they express what it is that they say.

Words alone count for a mere 7% of an individual’s laughter power.

To put this in perspective, this is much like trying to paint a portrait using a paper clip.

It can be done — but is hard and will take a very long time.

But here’s the real problem with “joke formulas”…

Joke formulas represent an after-the-fact description or definition of sentence structures that have been identified as having generated laughter.

But here is the hard, cold reality using just a few examples…

Knowing the names and history of every player on a sports team does absolutely nothing to show you how to actually play the sport yourself.

Knowing the make and model of every single automobile does absolutely nothing to show you how to actually drive a car.

Knowing every single “joke formula” by heart won’t give anyone comedy talent or give them a clue how to structure and deliver the comedy talent they already have — provided they have comedy talent to begin with.

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You will see this over and over again on this blog…

There’s a hard way and there’s an easy way to develop stand-up comedy material that works.

Trying to use joke formulas is the hardest way ever devised.

The easiest way for those who have real comedy talent can be found in the Killer Stand-up Online Course.


Leading stand-up comedy educator and trainer, providing proven 21st century strategies and techniques for individuals who wish to become comedians on a professional level. For a detailed stand-up comedy resume go to: Steve Roye's Stand-up Resume.