Daily Archives: October 16, 2014

Continuing Education: Class 2

I’m on YOU TUBE and FACE BOOK. I’ll be performing 4 shows at at the Edmonton Comedy Festival this week. I’ll also be giving a free work shop at the RANCH  this Saturday. 11AM to 12:30  All my times and dates are on my web site. This is Christmas party Season already and if you want me to appear at your party please E mail me: paulsveen@shaw. ca

Alright, for class 2 we’re working on THEME. The reason why this is important is because, theme gives you an IDENTITY. It narrows your search when you’re looking for material and your voice. It also makes you memorable and this is the point of  Stand Up Comedy and branding, trying to connect to your voice and your audience.

1ST: We look at 5 MEMORABLE moments from our life. 2ND, we look for a pattern in these 5 moments. 3RD, we create a statement from this pattern defining our theme. 4, we take our theme statement and search within ourselves for a moment that REVEALS OUR THEME.

EXAMPLE: 5 moments from my life: (1) having a car repossessed when I was 19.( 2) My Mother buried a bag of my pot in the back yard to hide it. ( The bag of pot grew into almost a pound) (3) I almost fell off a swing stage washing windows 30 floors above the ground. (4) I was beat up for my Halloween candy. (5) I had a car die and roll up to a hitch hiker.

What is the common theme of these 5 stories?  I’m a train wreck, I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m flying by the seat of my pants, I don’t have a plan.  I came up with:                                                                                                   “I don’t know what I’m doing but I’m doing it anyway.”

I’ve come up with a story that reveals my theme statement: “The time I cleaned my car, one fist full of garbage at a time.”

I’m going to ASK and ANSWER 10 questions and get 10 answers. ( if you get a Q and A you really like, ask and answer questions about it. REMEMBER to use the circle and Q and A from different perspectives. Also, if there’s another person in your story, GIVE THEM THEIR OWN VOICE. Do an impression of them. I’m going to put 5 of these into the story I’ve chosen. This is also your homework. Have a 3 minute set for next class.

I bring my work shops to offices and conventions. If you’d like me at your event or party, E MAIL ME AT: paulsveen@shaw.ca