Class 4.We’re not just looking for the Punch Line.

REMEMBER: Our class grad is TUESDAY JUNE 5th, the doors open at 6:30 showtime is 7:30. Tickets are 10$ at the door. I have 2 guest spots fellow alumni, Sabrina Sperber and Donna Erickson. Hello gentlemen, I’ve had a little challenge with my web site but have it sorted out and here’s some things to add to the last class. We’re going to have our set ready for next Monday May 28: MAKE SURE YOUR SET IS LESS THAN “10” MINUTES. Make sure you have an opening joke a great closing and at least five jokes in between. REMEMBER: A JOKE MAKES A POINT. Also, 1) The ‘SHOW’ of your set is: rehearsing, being creative, your energy, and emotions associated with your set, journal-ling about your set, siting down and working on your set. BUSINESS: being prepared, knowing your material, writing jokes for the audience, listening to class mates, realizing the Stand Up Comedy isn’t just about us, it’s also about the audience and club staff, agents, opportunity and delivering.

Our set. Know your story, the beginning middle and end. At the very least have an idea what you want the audience to know about you and make sure you state that if you want in your OPENING JOKE: “Hi, I’m. . .and (your theme) I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m from the sixties, I’m from a big family, I think I peaked in high school. . . ( either state your theme off the top, say it/ or write a joke about it.

1) Choose a story and ask what you’re avoiding or afraid to say about each sentence ( this will be the PUNCH LINE the PREMISE is the sentence. 2) When you add the THREE amplifiers you have MISDIRECTION. Here’s an example.

My set for next class is about being a teenager. ( I literally don’t know how I survived being a teen.) I look at my story and work on the first sentence and ask myself how I really feel because, ” WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR A PUNCH LINE WE’RE LOOKING FOR OURSELVES; for us, for the pattern and things that make us unique. Our truth.”

I can’t believe I survived my teen years. (This is a joke I’m working on, I’m asking the most honest, the elephant in the room, my truth about being a teenager. The more honest and over the top truth is the punch line.) What do I feel about my teen years? I was a train wreck, I shouldn’t be alive, I never listened to anyone, I knew everything. I like this last one, I feel it. Here’s my first joke

“I can’t believe I survived being a teen, hey I was a teenager I knew everything.”  ( This is a good opening joke for me from MY PERSPECTIVE. We need to take the time to EXPLORE other points of view in our set because in these perspectives we have more EMOTIONS and ANSWERS and TRUTH and these REVEAL who we are and are ingredients in our STORY. My first joke is SARCASM and if I add the AMPLIFIERS I have MIS- DIRECTION. “I can’t believe I survived being a teen, I ignored my parents, teachers, my future;   ignored my parents, teachers, my future; hey, I was a teenager, I knew everything.”

Try these writing exercises for next class: write five jokes from other perspectives and five jokes from your theme. ( If you don’t know what your theme is , use the one in your story, find THE POINT of your story and let that be your theme.

Have fun with this, E mail me if your stuck. Have a punch line for each major point in your set. Write at least five new jokes for next class and when I say “THIRTY SECONDS,” you have 30 seconds to wrap up your set.