Thank you everyone for being in my writing class and making it a success. This class is five weeks culminating (finishing) on May 30th with our performances. PLEASE: don’t sleepwalk through this class, don’t allow the creative percentage of yourself, the 15, 20, 25% to be enough. Ask more of yourself in this class: journal three pages a day on your set, your material, different perspectives tagging the jokes you have already written.
Remember your goal and when you’re writing your set. Remember to align the energy of your goal: if it’s to take a risk, be spontaneous, to laugh, to write well crafted jokes, whatever your goal is, visualize it and actualize (make it happen) in your material.
Here’s the outline of our set: 1) STORY, 2) CREATING A PREMISE FOR EACH SENTENCE IN THE STORY.3) LOCATING THE UNSPOKEN IN THE PREMISE. 4) USE THE UNSPOKEN AS A PUNCHLINE. 5) USING THE ONE JOKE TO FORESHADOW/ SETUP THE NEXT 6)JOURNAL AND REHEARSE YOUR STORY AND JOKES. 7) REPEAT.
REMEMBER: OUR JOKES SHOULD REVEAL WHO WE ARE TELL THE AUDIENCE ABOUT US. We begin with the first sentence in our story. My story is about someone who left me for a Zookeeper. I want to reveal me in this set and not point ‘out there.’ When I look at this set what I’m saying is I was ’emotionally unavailable, immature, not ready to be in a relationship.’ These are the ideas and emotions I’m mining in the unspoken punchlines. I’m revealing me this way and this way, keeping the set original and authentic. I’m also keeping in mind my goal.
1) Use your introduction to foreshadow your set. 2) Rehearse your story until you know it and then begin tagging it. I’ll begin at the first sentence in my zookeeper story.
I write out the first sentence: (I have an opening joke for this set, it will setup my set but I want to save it for the class 🙂
JOKE 1) I wasn’t ready for my first relationship ( this is the premise I’ve stated it and now ask the unspoken questions, the way out sarcastic questions and the deep dark questions and also, not just from our perspectives, from EVERY POINT ON THE BALL! ” Back to I wasn’t ready to be in a relationship: I was too immature, I had my parents as an example, I didn’t know how to be myself, I was 19. (This last idea struck a chord with me. Here’s the first joke. I’ll rehearse and talk around it but here’s the bones of the joke.)
- “I wasn’t ready for marriage, I was 19, I was old enough to drive, vote, die for my country and um. . . .drink.”
- Have a 5 to 7 minute set ready for Monday. E mail me if you have any questions.
- REMEMBER: you can book me for your event or company Christmas Party. Ask me in class.
- Have fun!!!!!
- And please share my web site and comedy links.
- REMEMBER MAY 30TH YUK YUKS: SPREAD THE WORD. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are 10$ Show time: 7:30