Woke to a 'comedy teacher's' pitch in my mail trying to sell me their 'formula for writing a joke and becoming a comedian'.
As much as I thought perhaps this was a sly critique of a show I did, it wasn't. What it turned out to be was one of those spam emails trying to capture unwitting newbies and sucking them into paying a small fortune for 'comedy class stuff'. Ugh!
Buy my book!! Buy my Skype comedy lessons!! Buy my nearly completed stand up class you can inject directly into your frontal cortex!! I exaggerate, buuut, well you know, it's close huh?
As much as I believe and have proven in years of practice that some carefully considered coaching done by a skilled and experienced person can be of solid assistance to a comedy talent, it is NEVER going to be simply a formula that will get you there.
Read my lips, NO formula will EVER turn you into the greatest musician, actor, painter, writer or joke writer, EVER, EVER, EVER!
Why? Because a formula will NEVER take you to the places you need to go to write real stand up comedy.
What does? Oh maybe an obsession perhaps? A drive from deep down that's impossible to ignore? A 'funny something' that smolders inside of you that seeps out and is out of your control, you can't help it you make people laugh!??
THEN, MAYBE, you have the right stuff to begin an exploration into IF you've got what it takes to not only do stand up comedy, but to do it justice.
NEVER A FORMULA. NEVER.
Did I say NEVER??
FORMULA = SCAM