Class 2: Story and Genre.

Thank you all of you for being you and for the new comedy grad night. Remember, our Comedy Grad is Tuesday October 15. Showtime is 7:30. Doors are open at 6:00. Could you please start inviting your friends and family and co workers now. Tickets are 10$. It was a great second class on Monday everyone: thank you again for being a part of my Stand Up Writing Class. It’s my honor to be be a part of this group. Alright, remember, ( your set is your story, YOUR STORY. All the material we’re developing in this class is predicated (based) on the story from your life that you choose.) Also, allow your energy in class to be big, positive.  Remember, I’m also a nationally touring comedian, if you want to bring me to your event, retreat, Christmas party E mail me at  I’m also a published author, if you want, you can down load my novel from my website.

HOMEWORK FOR CLASS TWO: Have FIVE Minute set for Monday September 23 and add AT LEAST 3 jokes from: MALAPROP, ( using the wrong word/ punchline for comedic effect.) SIMILE, ( comparing or saying something is like something else for comedic effect.) MISDIRECTION, ( Using sarcasm for a premise and punchline and adding three amplifiers to take the attention from the punchline.)
Choose your set you’d like to perform on your Stand Up Performance on November 5 and insert TWO MISDIRECTION JOKES and THREE form ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE. Here is the formula for misdirection; REMEMBER to use your THREE PAGES IN YOUR JOURNAL to work on your set for class on Monday.

1)Choose a STORY/FRAME that describes you . 1) Pick a story/set that REVEALS YOU, tells us about you!

2) look at the FIRST, SECOND and MIDDLE SENTENCE IN YOUR STORY AND THE LAST SENTENCE TO Q and A and then develop with MISDIRECTION/ Simile/ Malaprop (Start with saying the first sentence out loud, ask how you really feel about the first sentence, ( the answer is the PREMISE.) the deep emotion, say it out loud; ask what the elephant in the room is about the sentence, the secret: (this is the PUNCHLINE.)                                                               Alright, lets look at a set and MISDIRECTION. I’m choosing “being messy,”  and when I share this I’m revealing who I am and that’s what good sets/stories and jokes do, REVEAL. Look at your first sentence: ask what the point is and then what you feel about the point. (premise and punchline) My first sentence is: I wasn’t sure if I should tell my wife I was a slob when I met her. QUESTION: “Why wouldn’t I tell her? ANSWER:  I already had enough against me. Telling her I was a slob might have been too much  for her to bare.  So we have the premise and punchline for the first sentence of my set. (REMEMBER the POOL  at the bottom of your STAND UP notebook page? I wrote down at the bottom of the page that there should be a personal bottom line of wants that have to be met in a relationship, before it can move forward a personal wish list that has to keep giving, five, ten, fifty years later. I don’t know what this means but I find this interesting, and will use it for another joke. Get in the habit of putting ideas at the bottom of the page under pool; it will pay dividends.

OK I have the first point and how I feel; now what we do is add THREE STATEMENTS/ AMPLIFIERS THAT ARE ATTACHED THE PREMISE.

EXAMPLE: My wife asked me if I was a slob when I met her. I said I was angry, broke and dysfunctional. Telling her I was also a slob, would have been too much for me to bare.


First look at a sentence in your story. 1) I decided to clean my car one handful of garbage at a time. 2) What’s something that would be sarcastic? (it would take a million years, I’d be a hundred when my car’s clean? Where I decided to start? YES. Here’s the joke. REMEMBER: these jokes are from your set/ story, so they stay in the story, they’re making the original story funnier.

“I told my wife I was cleaning my car one handful of crap at a time, wrappers, coffee cups and mail. She asked me if my car was going to be clean on our millionth anniversary.

SIMILE: Cleaning my car is LIKE waiting for Haley’s Comet. It gets cleaned once every 75 years.

MALAPROP: I listen to soccer games in my car, maybe that’s why it’s so Messi.

Keep setting up the premise and then adding three comments that are connected to the premise, this amplifies the punch line. The 3 amplifiers create the misdirection.

E mail me if you have any questions. Have fun and allow yourself to reveal you in your material and make sure your punch lines make a point. 1) Premise. 2) three amplifiers. 3) unexpected punch line. Keep playing with this, the more emotion the bigger the laugh. And remember to journal about your SET, WRITING JOKES. EMOTION and everything you feel about your set. Next class: your set, 3 jokes from three genres; misdirection/ simile/ Malaprop.