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     Chili Challis

           Lifetime comedian, comedy writer and coach

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Posted on January 16, 2014 at 12:18 PM Comments comments (15)
Pain is a good thing when it comes to stand up comedy.
Material conceived frm challenges overcome with a sense of humor is usually well received by an audience.
I suppose you could make the statement that successful comedy is much about laughing with and about our personal pain. 

In my experience I have found that audiences LOVE to see and hear about pain subdued. And the beautiful thing is it can
be the tiniest of pain; a paper cut, one stressful moment, slightest confusion or a second of anger, etc. Ooooor it can be a  
complete and full breakdown. (Sam Kinison's scream was a full breakdown moment and audiences loved it. Why? Because
we've all been there. That scream was more than words could ever express). 
All of this type of pain is ripe for at least a start in ideas and images of times in your life that were off, hurtful
or odd. They are all fertile ground for a release thru jokes. 

If you're stuck for writing topics, begin a few tangent lists on a painful thing in your life, one stressful event in your life. 
Dig in and begin to extract the funny....don't forget we're looking for funny moments!! You might cry at first thinking of painful
things but the tears will soon turn to smiles and that's when you know you got something. ;)

Remember you have past pain, current pain and future pain (that's usually worries or concerns) ...all of this can be
painfully funny. Boing! Bam!

We're in a painful stressful world and it's your work as a comedy artist to dig into and present your own painful world so that 
you can help others laugh through it. 
It's kind of our job don't you think? 

*Wanna try a difficult creative exercise? Revisit a very painful thing in your life and find the humor in some or part of it. Just a part that's all you need. For jokes and healing. 
You can do it, you're an're supposed to do it ;)