The Truth About Set-up Lines And Punchlines

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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A Question About Performance Levels

Let’s assume that there are two comedians performing five minute sets at a comedy club.

The first comedian averages 18 seconds of laughter each performing minute.

The second comedian averages 5 seconds of laughter each performing minute.

Which comedian is funnier?

Let me give you a hint of just how much funnier one is over the other…

A comedian who can only generate 5 seconds of laughter per minute is bombing (which should be called audience abuse or publicly humiliating oneself).
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