I appreciate everyone in my class, your talent and creative courage! Thank you for always pushing yourself and also for being kind to one another in class and for being so supportive and loving your amazing teacher.
REMEMBER: It’s your energy: what you feel when you’re working on your set as well as what you feel when you’re on stage is as important as what you feel off the stage, rehearsing, working on your material and always pushing yourself creatively.
HOME WORK: Choose a story that you feel will be the set for grad night. Choose a story that reveals who you are. The more emotion in the story the greater the connection to who you are and the audience. (REMEMBER to share March 13 with your friends and family and co workers. Showtime: 7:30 PM, at Yuk Yuks Century Casino, tickets are 10$.
- Choose a story that reveals your theme. The more you work on joke writing and rehearse the more your theme will manifest.
- Write an opening joke and five theme related jokes in your set and then your closing joke.
- Rehearse your set each day, record it and listen to it and keep using the circle Q and A method as well as sarcasm and misdirection to create better jokes.
REMEMBER: Sarcasm: premise and the elephant in the room punchline, ( the over the top unspoken truth.)
Misdirection: Premise, amplifiers and unspoken emotional punchline.
EXAMPLE: My wife asked me if she was my best friend. I told her she was my wife best friend. She said, what the hell does that mean! I said, my buddy Darren is my best friend, he does things that buddies do, like, going on an elevator and farting next to an old lady and then moving away, he can make that noise with his hand and arm pit and he drives without insurance, how cool is that? What do I do as your wife best friend, she asked sarcastically. I said, you like to talk about how much you hate my alien science fiction war movies, how much of a slob I am and how you need another two hundred to get your hair styled.
Write out your story and then work on each sentence and add the jokes.
*Opening Joke: “My wife asked me if she was my best friend, I said, a smart man would say yes, that his wife was his BFF, that she was his best buddy, but I’m the guy who puts tape over the oil light, so, I think you know the answer to your question.
SECOND SENTENCE: What the hell does that mean, she asked, relax, you’re my Barbie and I’m your Ken, I’ll tie a sweater around my neck, back the vet out of the playhouse and lets go get some answers on what happened to my crotch.
THIRD SENTENCE: My buddy Darren is my best friend, sorry honey, you don’t know about football, the game stats, QB ratings and rushing yards. She said, either do you, you cheer for the New York Jets.
Keep going through each sentence and ask; what am I trying to say, ask what the elephant in the room is. Identify the emotional truth. This is the punchline. Do this through your entire set. Have fun with this and REMEMBER: What are you trying to achieve with your humor. Who is that version of you and what are they doing differently that you’re not. How do you cross the chasm of who you are now to get to who you want to be? Do you have to rehearse more, work on your joke writing, tape your set and tag it?
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