First, I want to thank all of you for taking my Stand Up Writing Class! The goal of my class is: 1) We locate and creatively mine your theme, the pattern that’s embedded in your humor and stories. This pattern is your market brand and is what makes you unique and stand out as a stand up! 2) We’re going to take TWO to THREE of your theme laden stories and combine them into one, SEVEN to TEN minute set. ( the first set is called the FRAME. Other sets embedded in the FRAME are called RINGS. We will start and end on one set and insert two other sets within the first. 3) We will tag ( create jokes from the content of our three stories and amplify our theme and humor.
HOMEWORK: For our next class have one story from your life that you feel tells us something about you, Rehearse this story, know it. Then take a second story and put it in the middle of the first story, start and finish on the first story.
TAGGING/ WRITING A JOKE: “Someone told me where I could pick quarter sized blue berries.” ( This is going to be the FRAME for my set, the outline set that I begin and end with. My theme is: I don’t know what I’m doing but I’m doing it anyway.) TAGGING a PREMISE: The first thing we do is locate the key words in the premise: SOMEONE, PICK,QUARTER SIZED, BLUE BERRIES. ( I like to write down everything that comes to my mind that’s connected to my PREMISE: Safeway, produce, friends, neighbors, fruit…. Talk it out, start by brainstorming around your idea! FIRST JOKE: “Picking berries in the wild is an awesome adventure in the forest, hiking along a path, kneeling by a creek, going into anaphylactic shock getting medevaced like you’re in Iraq and going to a trauma center because of multiple wasp bites!” (Notice how the beginning of this joke is different then the end of the joke? This is called misdirection. The beginning is serene the end is terror. See if you can create some misdirection for class. A joke is three things: Premise, the idea, the punchline, the set up the middle of the joke and the punchline, the end of the joke that holds the punch word, the ONE WORD that creates the laughter. What’s the punch word in the joke I wrote?
Look at each sentence in your story and tag it. Insert a second story in the middle and start and finish on the first story. Any questions E mail me at: email@example.com
REMEMBER: to start telling all your friends and family about our comedy night in October. (date to be decided.) Also, YOU CAN BOOK ME FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY. See me on YOU TUBE My WEB SITE AND FACEBOOK. Have Fun. See you Monday.