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Archive for March, 2010

The worst stage fright I’ve ever seen

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

(I’m filing this under Overheard Backstage but it’s really more of a Witnessed Backstage…) The worst case of stage fright I’ve ever seen was by an open mic rookie at Giggles. He was a scrawny, bespectacled college kid who might charitably be described as socially awkward — at a later open mic he would make […]

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Writing tip: Conflict = Comedy

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Rich emotions are like humor fertilizer: they provide a fertile (if sometimes disgusting) breeding ground for beautiful flowers of laughter to blossom. Whenever writing a joke or funny story, remember that emotional conflict is good for comedy. In fact, every joke is basically a short story — even one-liners — and our strongest, most visceral […]

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MTV is no longer music television

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

MTV has stopped pretending they still show music, removing the words “Music Television” from their logo. Of course, MTV these days has about as much to do with music videos as AT&T has to do with telegraphs (that’s what the second ‘T’ stands for). But as with AT&T, the initials will stay the same for […]

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Last chance to see me perform at Giggles

Friday, March 19th, 2010

In the very near future1, Giggles Comedy Club will come under new ownership. Unfortunately, signs point to the club being either closed or turned into an entirely different kind of establishment — which means my April 2nd and April 3rd shows in the Giggles Laugh-Off Competition could be your last chance to see me perform […]

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Joke writing: the funny word goes last

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

When writing a joke, or any other humorous material, try to arrange your punchline in such a way that the funny word goes last. This is an old axiom among TV comedy writers, and it applies equally well to stand-up comedy. Since the key element in humor is surprise, leaving your funniest and most surprising […]

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