The Truth About Set-up Lines And Punchlines

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If you have ever wondered why I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that most stand-up books, workshops and courses are virtually WORTHLESS when it comes to learning how to “write” comedy for material for a stand-up comedy act, speech or presentation that actually gets laughs…

Let me show you in vivid detail exactly why I harbor such beliefs.

I was searching online for the definitions of set-up lines and punchlines as they relate to “writing” stand-up comedy material.
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Are Long Set-up Lines Keeping You From Getting The Laughs You Want?

One of the most common problems that new comedians who are trying to figure out how to write stand-up comedy have is that their set-ups to the punchlines in their stand-up comedy material are simply way too long.

In this article I am going to cover this very important topic in three sections:

1. Basic performance and audience laughter dynamics

2. Factors that directly contribute to set-up lines that are too long

3. Article wrap up

With that said, let’s get down to business… Continue reading

How To Write Stand-up Comedy Material The Hard Way

One of the very first things that I notice about new and prospective comedians is that…

They are driven to try to “write jokes” (in the literal sense) in order to try to command the big laughs on stage.

I am more than familiar with this frustrating process. It’s what I tried to do when I first started out as a comedian.

And it should come as no surprise as to the reason why that happens. It is quite simple actually… Continue reading