Alright, remember: Your COMEDY GRAD performance is MONDAY March 13: your set will be 7 minutes. tickets are 10$ at the door. The show starts at 7:30. Be there at least half an hour early. Sit your friends and then sit with your class mates at the same booth. Please have your set playing on your recorder and listening with your ear plugs on. first I want to say, great class Monday night at Yuk Yuks!” I also want to thank everyone for working so hard! If you want to get even more results, here are some habits you might want to consider: rehears 15 minutes every day, journal 3 pages each day, record your set and listen to it, write out your set onto a menu card and look at it while you’re standing in line. Another great exercise is to imagine the rooms in your house and number them in your mind from ONE to TEN and put parts of your set in each door and practice opening and closing the doors and remembering the material you put in each door. When you go to rehearse your set or perform on stage in class or for grad, simply open the doors and there’s your material!
TAGGING THEME: remember how to write a joke: Premise: A salesman runs out of gas and asks a farmer if he can spend the night. Punchline: The farmer says, “sure, but you’re going to have to stay in the barn with the animals.” The salesman says: “I think I’m in the wrong joke.” (Joke is the punch word, the single most important word in the joke. See how the punch word is at the end of the joke? If it was in the middle of the joke the audience would be laughing while you finished the joke. So, a joke is, beginning, middle and end, just like a story!
Tagging simply means: developing, I’m developing a joke, working on a joke. The reason we want to tag or develop our theme is, your theme, the message or pattern that’s running through your stories is the lynch pin of your stories, the central message or plot point. Your theme is the vein of creative gold in your story, the ones your mining!
How are we writing jokes? We’re taking a premise and finding the elephant in the room, the unspoken emotion in the premise and then either using the two a sarcasm or adding the amplifiers and creating misdirection.
REMEMBER to state your them in your set and create a joke from your first, middle and last sentence in your theme related story. Pick a story that radiates your theme! My story was about ‘fighting my dad,’ that screams my theme, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing,’ . The first sentence in my story is: “Did you ever fight your dad?” ( I begin by asking the elephant in the room questions, these have the deep emotion and insight and and like I’ve said, the more emotion the bigger the laughs!) Why was my dad so mad? ( the answer I came up with was, at least he was finally paying attention to me. So here’s a finished joke with this punch line: “Did you ever fight your dad? My dad ignored me, got my name wrong, looked right through me, so when we had the fight, I thought, my dad’s paying attention to me, finally!”
TAGGING ALSO MEANS: creating a joke from another joke: here’s a tag: “I only fought my dad the one time. There was talk of a re-match, my mom and siblings and cousins all wanted one. The timing was never right and then there was the whole thing with my father being, dead.”
When I was working on this set and asking questions, the insight that my dad was trying to parent the life he wanted for me and parent the life he didn’t want for me, out of me in the fight we had. I’ll work this premise. It’s going to be a great joke!
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