Class 2 Assignments

First, remember I’m a nationally touring comedian. It’s that time of year where companies are finalizing their Christmas parties. If you’d like me to perform for your  company party, or would like me to share a Key note or Humour Work Shop with your group, please E mail me: paulsveen@shaw.ca

Second Class: I love this group. I absolutely love your courage and camaraderie all of you are showing and sharing with each other. I was really proud of your efforts in your last assignments. The set all of you TAGGED (building a set out of the your class mate’s set) was amazing. I also loved the light bulb moments all of you had with PERSPECTIVE!

CLASS 2 HOME WORK:  1) Create an opening statement from a moment from your life. ” This will help us build our OPENING JOKES for our set we’re performing on October 15 at Yuk Yuks in Edmonton.”  2) Find the emotions in the statement. 3) Ask and discover what we’re resisting in our statement. 4) I’m also going to introduce 2 JOKE writing styles: *SARCASM and *MIS-DIRECTION.

SARCASM: Explicit over the top exaggeration: “Oh my God that’s the worst hair cut in the history of man kind!” (The most common form of humour) We create SARCASM by simply being absurd and saying the most outrageous over the top statements.

MiS-DIRECTION: A punch line that we never expected. “My buddy tried to find his wife’s G spot. He looked in her purse, under the couch, turns out it’s in her cousin.” ( We find the MIS-DIRECTION by first locating the emotion in the story and then creating OPPOSING STATEMENTS, then, inserting material that’s attached or amplifies the PREMISE or FIRST STATEMENT. If this is confusing, it’s because this is the most difficult genre of STAND UP COMEDY. The best way to learn MIS-DIRECTION is to do it. Just have fun and don’t stop having fun.

Alright, I have a statement from my story. Lets work with this and you can apply what I did to my story to your story 🙂

“I hate going to the dentist.”  What’s the emotion(s) here? hate, fear, regret, anger. ( We find the TRUTH the BEST MATERIAL within our story when we locate the emotions in our story)

What’s the SARCASM HERE based on?  (We find the SARCASM by looking within my story and locating words attached to the Dentist: pain, expensive, sugar, habits, check ups, every 6 months, mouth damn, blood,  freezing, needle) and simply creating over the top statements about it. REMEMBER to look at all the different points of view in your story. With mine it’s the Dentist, the assistant, the people in the waiting room, my Wife. . .

SARCASM: “I hate going to the Dentist.”  1) “I go to the Dentist so much I think I might be addicted to pain. My next visit I’m showing up in a leather onesie and a gag ball.” 2) When I say I hate GOING to the Dentist I don’t mean the 20 minute  car ride sobbing on the way to Dr Shapiro’s death chamber.” 3) I’d rather take the pain of a tooth ache on a Mexican beach then have perfect teeth in Edmonton.”

MIS-DIRECTION: Look at your opening statement, locate the emotions and create OPPOSING STATEMENTS, then insert statements connected to the FIRST STATEMENT. 1) I hate going to the Dentist, the needles, the drilling, the pain. It’s so expensive. 2) The Dentist is so expensive, that’s why I scoff magazines from the waiting room, steal fists full of mouth swabs. It’s why I get put under, at least that way I have a chance of being molested.” 3) When I was a kid I got a dollar when I lost a tooth. The dollar would be under the pillow, in my pocket next to my tooth brush. I now think crack heads get money from the tooth fairy

REMEMBER: 3 to 4 minute set for next Monday CLASS 3, based on the opening statement from the story you chose. E mail me if you’re stuck. Also, check out my NOVEL, THE ANGEL’S CLAW  on my web site. I’m headlining the young guns show for THE EDMONTON COMEDY FESTIVAL AT THE RANCH ON September 24th. Check out “EDMONTON COMEDY FESTIVAL WEB SITE.  If you or anyone else needs me for their CHRISTMAS PARTY, E MAIL ME: paulsveen@shaw.ca