Before I begin the final blog for this September writing class I want to thank everyone who registered for my class and especially Carla and Sarah for putting in the work each week. You inspire me ladies.
Second, I want to remind everyone that I can bring my work shops to your office and also perform Stand Up Nationally and would love to perform at your Christmas Party or Fundraiser. E mail me at: email@example.com for any and all inquiries.
FINAL CLASS AND GRAD NIGHT!
Alright, as you read this blog, close your eyes and see yourself on stage Tuesday night! Feel the laughter, hear the audience applause, feel the joy of all the hard work you put in to make your performance happen! How does it feel to being doing so well? How does it feel to pause after each joke and allow the audience to laugh? How does your frame feel, your story, and the jokes you inserted into your frame?
Now it’s Wednesday. You’re thinking about all the compliments you received the night before, thinking about your jokes and your frame and you’re happy about your set but are thinking, if I had a second chance, what would I do differently?
1) Go over your FRAME/STORY. Say your frame without the TAGS/JOKES say the story, record it and listen to it. Make sure you know the story, the beginning, middle and end as well as the POINT of the story as well as all the sub points. ( While you’re speaking out loud, allow your energy to be POSITIVE! Let go of all doubt, regret, self negative talk and immerse yourself in the creative fuel of self kindness and certainty!
OPENING JOKE. This is built off the first sentence in your STORY that will be the FRAME of your SET. My first sentence is: “I don’t know what I’m doing. I went to the Halifax Comedy Festival and made fun of Anne Murray.”
Our OPENING JOKE achieves a few things: It gets the audience’s attention, it shares our THEME ( mine is, I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s a good idea to share your theme in your opening joke.) Our opening joke lets the audience like us! It’s always wise yo GET TO THE POINT in the opening joke. SARCASM as well as SIMILE, making comparisons is a great vehicle for this, So EXPLORE THE SARCASM and comparisons in YOUR opening joke.
What’s the SARCASM in my opening joke? (over the top statements?) What about the misdirection ? (Setting up a joke for an unexpected PUNCHLINE?
MISDIRECTION: 1) Premise, locate the emotion of the premise. locate the exact opposite point. 3) Insert three statements that amplify the premise. This is where the bait and switch takes place, taking the audience from where you’re going.)
I made fun of Anne Murray at the Halifax Comedy Festival. Emotion: stupid, misinformed, insensitive, delusional. Here’s an example of what I came up with:
“I made fun of Anne Murray at the Halifax Comedy Festival, not my smartest moment. I should have went all the way and made fun of Sea food, Stompin Tom Conners and the Great Big Sea. Doesn’t matter, they’ll never hear about it in Fort-Mcmurray.
Try using this template: premise, locate the emotion, then use the 3 statements then locate a point opposite of your premise. Here I used Halifax and Fort Mcmurray.
REMEMBER: invite as may friends as you can for Tuesday, we’re raising funds for a dog rescue. Have fun rehearsing! See you in class Monday!!!!