Class three, misdirection.

Remember gentlemen, our comedy Grad is Tuesday June 5th. Showtime is 7:30. Doors are open at 6:30. Start inviting your friends and family and co workers now. Tickets are 10$ and funds from the door will be donated to the Edmonton Garrison family resource center. It was a great class on Monday gentlemen! Thank you again for being a part of my Stand Up Writing Class. It’s my honor to be be a part of this group. Remember, ( your set is a story, YOUR STORY. All the material we’re developing in this class is predicated on the story about your life that you choose.) Also allow your energy in class to be big, positive!!!  Remember, I’m also a nationally touring comedian, if you want to bring me to your event, retreat, Christmas party e mail me at paulsveen@shaw.ca  I’m also a published author, ask me about my first novel. I’d really appreciate it if you share this. Thank you.

HOMEWORK FOR CLASS THREE: Go through the stories of your life that really share YOUR THEME. Choose one of these stories you’d like to perform on your Stand Up Performance on Tuesday June 5th and insert THREE TO FIVE MISDIRECTION JOKES. Here is the formula for misdirection; REMEMBER to use your THREE PAGES IN YOUR JOURNAL to work on your set for class on Monday.

1)Choose a STORY/FRAME that broadcasts your THEME.

2) look at the FIRST, SECOND and MIDDLE SENTENCE IN YOUR STORY AND THE LAST SENTENCE TO Q and A and then develop with MISDIRECTION. (Say the sentence out loud, ask how you really feel about the sentence, the deep emotion, say it out loud. This comment is the PUNCHLINE. Then, think of THREE statements that are connected to the sentence, things that are at the heart of the sentence. Write them out and then say the sentence/  premise, the three comments and the punchline. Keep revising until you’re comfortable with the chunk.                                          Alright, lets get down to MISDIRECTION. First we look at our story: I’m choosing “being messy,”  and when I share this I’m revealing who I am and that’s what good stories and jokes do. Look at your first sentence and Q and A it!  My first sentence is: I wasn’t sure if I should tell my wife I was a slob when I met her. QUESTION: “Why wouldn’t I tell her? ANSWER:  I already had enough against me. Telling her I was messy might have been too much to bare.  So we have a the Q and A for the first sentence of my set. (REMEMBER the POOL  at the bottom of your STAND UP writing page that we make? I wrote down at the bottom of the page that there should be a personal bottom line of wants that have to be met in a relationship before it can move forward a personal wish list that has to me met, five, ten, fifty years later. I find this interesting and will use it for another joke. Get in the habit of also doing that.

OK I have the first Q AND A now what we do is add THREE STATEMENTS THAT ARE THE OPPOSITE OF THE PUNCHLINE.

EXAMPLE: I didn’t tell my wife I was messy when I met her, I was angry, broke and drunk. Telling her I was messy would have been too much to bare.

USE SARCASM in creating MISDIRECTION.

First look at a sentence in your story. 1) I decided to clean my car one handful of garbage at a time. 2) What’s something that would be sarcastic? (it would take a million years, I’d be a hundred when I finish? Where I decided to start? YES. Here’s the joke.

“I decided to clean my car one handful of garbage at a time, it was crammed with paper, cups and newspapers. I decided to start next year.

Keep setting up the premise and then adding three comments that are different than the punch line. The comments create the misdirection.

E mail me if you have any questions. Have fun and allow yourself to reveal you in your material and make sure your punch lines make a point. 1) Premise. 2) three comments. 3) unexpected punch line. Keep playing with this, the more emotion the bigger the laugh. And remember to journal about your SET, WRITING JOKES. EMOTION and everything you feel about your set.