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|Posted on August 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM||comments (17)|
Most good comics know the cosmic power of the punch line. That's the line you deliver that switches everything up or drops the audience off at the ol 'I didn't see that coming' station. It's so easy to gauge the strength of such a resolve! BAM! There is is! The audience is doubled over in laughter and applause!! The place is rockin'! Yeah baby!! The verbal torpedo is on target....the PUNCH LINE is delivered! Mission accomplished! It's what we live for correct??!
But let's back up just a bit before the punch line was crowned king. A word to the wise, the truly great comics know and honor the power of the 'Set-up' just as much as a hilarious punch payoff. And I'm not kidding! Without that great misleading set-up the punch line is... well, not so cosmic and certainly not a torpedo of any kind. Consider that the set-up is what everything is built on, the tension and passion must be there, the character, you're winding a spring as tight as you can get it. The set-ups are where the audience enters the shoes of the comic....or so they think!
To some degree anybody can spout out a punch line. I think it takes a true comic to deliver a great set-up!
;) See what I did there???!
|Posted on July 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM||comments (11)|
Having trouble turning your ideas/premises into jokes???
One of the easy ways is to simplify everything. Don't exclude the ol' SETUP-PUNCHLINE method.
(A basic joke is an INTRO, explaining what your topic is.
This is called the SETUP -keep as short as possible. Such as....)
MY NEW GIRLFRIEND
(Now that you've introduced your topic set audience up with a line that sounds like you're saying something sweet).
I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF HER.
SHE'S BEAUTIFUL, SHE SEXY, SHE'S RICH...
(-turn on the smart ass and twist on audience...)
*Try using this simple formula to get the ball rolling for you! It still works for me. I write a simple joke and then when I have a punch line of some sort to work with...I can reword it, complicate it, expand it, etc. etc.
Once you have the blue print of the joke along with a punch line you can always change it up, or put it together with another joke in a similar theme to begin building bits.
|Posted on June 3, 2013 at 9:08 PM||comments (7)|
GET TO THE POINT.
MAKE THAT POINT FUNNY!
|Posted on May 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM||comments (9)|
Warning: new font ahead!! (Relax!...it's my usual one anyway)
(A simple thing you can do to improve your standup immediately)
Stop using notes on stage. When you take your notebook on stage and refer to it you disconnect with the audience every time. It becomes a support and you will go to it even when there is no need. Begin to improve your memory by using it. No notes on stage means you're serious about your standup. Ah that WAS simple eh?
|Posted on May 27, 2013 at 3:28 PM||comments (3)|
Great stand-ups instinctively know when and how to drop punch lines. It's just part of what they do, like breathing...hitting the punch with born in timing that is beautiful to experience. They also know attitude, character and have plenty of it...but they respect punch lines plain and simple.
Stand-up would have never become an art form without the precious punch line. Repeat after me, it's not about the setup- it's about the punch line...otherwise it's some sort of meandering boring poetry. Setups serve the punch line. Why? Because in standup comedy EVERYTHING serves the punch line.
Here is a short lesson in standup. Get to the point make that point funny and then repeat. Every point needs a subject, every subject needs a punch line.
Everything a comedian does on stage should serve the punch line. (see Rodney Dangerfield). His clothing, his moves, actions, reactions, facial expressions right down to catch phrases from Rodney served his punch line. In Dangerfield's case many times punch lines served other punch lines!
You get it now...serve the what???
|Posted on May 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM||comments (5)|
If you worry about it, write about it! Never forget that comedy is emotional. Find those emotional triggers and make some notes. Bullet point only at first. Comedy is much about capturing a moment!