It 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
If 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 are a couple of great questions I received about delivering stand-up comedy material:
I watched a comic bomb at an open mic a little while ago. He had a routine that was like Jack Handy observations, where almost every line was a punchline, but the topic or theme was depression, and he delivered every line in slow motion like a recording that was slowed down.
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