The Stand-up Comedy Secret That No One Will Tell You (Part 6)
The Universal Deception
At this juncture I can expose the “universal deception” (the notion that stand-up comedy material that actually works to generate laughter is “written” from premises acquired from thin air by applying the right “joke formulas”) using a series of questions that I strongly recommend that you investigate or observe for yourself:
How did you “write” the comedy material that you used the last time you were involved in a conversation with friends, family or coworkers? Did you stop to “write” something down on paper or use your phone to get the laughs you generated? Did you need to develop any sort of “special” writing skill to be able to do that?
EXACTLY what “joke formulas” did you use to get the laughs that you got when talking to friends, family or coworkers? What process did you use to select the “joke formulas” that you used?
Why EXACTLY do you feel compelled to “write” stand-up comedy material when you don’t “write” anything to get laughs when you talk to friends, family and coworkers?
Did you have to transform into some sort of different character than who you are naturally in order to get laughs when talking to others that you know?
Outside knowing that a punchline is “the funny part of a joke”, what do you really know about punchlines relative to you, your sense of humor and how you express yourself to generate laughs when you talk to others?
Related question — how does knowing that a punchline is the funny part of a joke with a “unexpected twist” help you in any way develop funny stand-up comedy material?
What is it EXACTLY that makes creating and developing a stand-up comedy material seem difficult?
Note: I ask that question from the perspective that you constantly produce stand-up comedy material spontaneously without really thinking about it on a daily basis when you talk to the people that you know if you are making those you talk to laugh.
Do you feel that the things that you talk about in everyday life that gets laughs do not rise to the level of being good enough as a basis for stand-up comedy material, even though the funniest comedians talk about the most ordinary, mundane or observable things imaginable? If so, why is that?
Do you still feel that developing stand-up comedy material is vastly different (and difficult) than what you do to get laughs when you are talking with friends, family and coworkers?
I don’t assume that ANYONE has the ability to “read between the lines” or see for themselves that developing a stand-up comedy routine is NOT what they most likely believe it to be.
Again, go to ANY stand-up comedy open mic night and you will be able to easily pinpoint every open mic comedian who has embraced the “universal deception” hook, line and sinker.
That’s not a statement that I make lightly because I WAS THAT OPEN MIC COMEDIAN before I woke up and realized that the information being peddled to comedians as “the way to do it” by the “experts” is about as valuable as the science of phrenology was to psychology.
Phrenology was the study of the conformation of the skull (interpreting bumps on a person’s head) as means of exposing mental faculties and traits of character that was mostly debunked by the 1840’s.
The important thing I want address here is that even though Phrenology was determined to be nonsense, it wasn’t nonsense for decades before it was debunked and there were Phrenology “experts” before it was debunked.
Just like today, virtually every so-called stand-up comedy expert wants you to believe that writing is the same as talking. If that were the case, we would be passing notes to each other to convey information with the same frequency as we talk to people.
Below I have included the links to just a few select articles on this blog (these open in a new window without display ads) that you might want to review if you are serious about not sucking as a new comedian:
If you want to know more about the aspects of the “universal deception” and what kind of results it produces, check out the disadvantages listed in this article:
Should your comedy material be written down? Always — but there is a difference between “writing” comedy material from thin air using a “writing” process and writing down/structuring what you want to say and express to an audience:
Once you know what a “joke formula” really is, my guess is that you won’t want to try to use them at all to develop your stand-up comedy material:
One of the best articles that I have on this blog (my opinion) involves answering questions from a college student who was interested in taking a shot at stand-up comedy:
Those are just a very few of the articles that are available on this blog that tear apart the “universal deception” that keeps new comedians from reaching their potential on stage quickly and using the comedy talent that they have already spent years developing before they ever hit the stage.
Speaking of comedy talent, let me leave you with this:
Common sense would dictate that it would be prudent to know what your comedy talent is so that that you can use and apply it effectively in your stand-up comedy adventures.
Here is the link to one of six free lessons that I have available for your review that specifically addresses your comedy talent — information that is NOT covered by any other so-called comedy “expert”:
If I had any “sage” advice for you, it would be this:
- Do your own research.
- Don’t trust anything anyone says (including me) until you check it out for yourself.
- Don’t discount what you can physically hear and see for yourself regardless of what ANY so-called “expert” tells you.
- Do trust the comedy talent that you already have and use daily.
I hope you found some benefit in this special report and if so, please feel free to use the comment box below to let me know.
No matter what, I truly wish you all the best in your stand-up comedy adventures!