Daily Archives: August 15, 2014

We have a choice.

Nothing I’ve done, writing my novel “The Angel’s Claw” my national stand up Special “Comedy Now, comedy festivals, my humour work shops or my Stand Up,  has ever benefited  from desperation. It’s not easy to be inspired, passionate , weeping over the keys all the time but positive  emotions are eons better then negative ones, especially when it comes to creativity.

I’m not a religious person but I believe there’s a higher self and lower self in each of us. Each of us has that negative lower voice that keeps us stuck, that voice that whispers, we’re too old, it’s too late, we’re not talented, it’s been done. The problem is, the voice becomes our habits, habits become results and results become our life. Not only that, our results become what we attract, our opportunities, friendships, the doors we open, or in the lower voice’s case, the doors we close. Lower self characteristics are: anger, procrastination, doubt, regret, blame, defending attacking, panic, suffering. The results if there are any, are shadows of what they could be.

Higher self. When you read this, are you thinking “higher self” as in, wasted, stoned, high?” Sure we are, it’s the 1st thing we thought. Why? Because it’s second nature to belittle ourselves. It keeps us stuck, safe on the sidelines. But it’s better to make a mess then to do nothing. It’s better to write your book, song, go back to school then to stay stuck. With your higher self, the results are always in the being, the unfolding, always developing. Once you begin listening and trusting your higher self, your intuition, joy, bliss, your results in everything become exponential. Achievement and results become effortless. Your higher self is who you truly are. You’re not who you could have been should have been. You’re who you’re supposed to be when you’re HAPPIEST and that’s alive in infinite joy. Give to yourself, trust in you, envision your goal and simply let go and trust your happiness. As you take any and all actions through your authentic self, you’ll attract the information, books, conversations, events that will move you forward toward your goals and results. Characteristics of Higher self: kindness, smiling, laughter, forgiving, abundance, synchronicity, coincidence, knowledge. What you dream is as close as letting go and letting you, your authentic self to simply dance.

E MAIL ME paulsveen@shaw.ca

Punch Words.

Lets look at a premise and remember: a PREMISE is just another word for idea. Premise is the theme of a joke. I’m going to look at the premise: “The first time I was on stage I fell off of it.”

This really happened. I panicked a few seconds into my first time on stage I decided to get the hell off and stepped where I thought the steps were but instead, walked off the edge of the stage onto a table. The table collapsed and all the drinks fell on me. I got up and sprinted out an exit and barricaded myself in my room for 3 days. Years later, a combat troop said I had the same symptoms as a soldier with post traumatic stress. Really, being humiliated and crushed has the same effects as being shot at?  Turns out there’s  a PTS that’s triggered by saying ” Big hand for the MC, great looking crowd, nice to be here, have you ever noticed”. . .                                                                                       Anyway, we’re looking at joke mechanics. If we can find the PUNCH WORD before we start writing the joke it’s a miracle.

We begin by putting the story into a single sentence:
“The first time I was on stage I fell off of it.”
What are the words that get your attention?                                                           (First, time,stage, fell)  Look at these words think about them, we’ve just located the PUNCH WORDS for our material. Tomorrow we’ll start building jokes around them.

I’m starting my next Stand Up class September 8th. If you’re interested, E mail:                paulsveen@shaw.ca

Also, if you need a comedian for your Christmas party or business meeting E mail me.