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While there may not be a definitive way to determine whether or not a person has the baseline comedy talent to do well as a comedian…
I can certainly tell you what I know from a professional perspective.
First, let’s start with a discussion about an individual’s sense of humor. Then I will touch upon some aspects that tend to limit or hinder funny and talented people from making progress as a comedian. Continue reading
Just about anyone past the 6th grade can tell you that a punchline is the funny part of a joke.
And you don’t have to be a comedian to know that a punchline contains an unexpected element of surprise.
But here’s the big question…
How does knowing that information help any comedian produce punchlines in their stand-up comedy material that will actually work to get laughs? The reason that I ask is because…
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. Continue reading