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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
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