Sunday, June 24, 2012

What to do when a joke doesn't work

When you see an experienced stand up comedian doing an hour of material, it's a safe bet it took him or her many years to develop their act. Part of this process is writing and trying out new jokes. In most cases, a comedian has to try out several jokes that bomb before he finally tells even one joke that is a "keeper".

So what do you do with jokes that don't work on stage? Most comedians will try telling the joke in front of different audiences, run it by another comedian for suggestions, and change the wording.
What happens when you try all of those things and the joke still doesn't work? One possibility is that the joke may work much better in written form versus being performed.

I have a few examples of such jokes. Here are some of them:

I know that Jesus loves me. However, I'm not attracted to gay Latinos.

Did you hear about the horny dyslexic Oklahoman?

He was up all night trying to find Tulsa.

What's a ghost's favorite food?

A medium pizza.

John Griggs

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Stand Up Comedy and Ego

Many comedians steal jokes and try to pass them off as their own. People who do this are actually trying to protect their ego to look good for their audiences.

For most people, ego is believed by them to be who they actually are. Your ego can be associated with your social status, your occupation, your personality, and other things that are not permanent. In reality, your ego is just a small part of who you actually are.

Ego in many cases can be detrimental to your well being. For example, if you let your ego take over, you won't take chances that may actually help you. You may never try stand up comedy, you may never ask out someone that can be a great match for you, or you may never take any other risks that may benefit you. All this just because you don't want to look bad.

You may think you know what other people think of you, but you really don't. What you believe someone thinks of you is really all in your imagination.

When a comedian steals jokes, he or she hopes the audience is thinking "This comedian is really funny! What a genius!" When a joke thief gets laughs, they may believe people are actually thinking this. However, keep in mind many of us know Rodney Dangerfield's material. So in reality, some audience members are thinking "This retard has to resort to stealing jokes to get laughs? What a douche!"

If you have to steal jokes to get laughs, you have no business doing stand up comedy. It is much better to bomb many times and learn from it, rather than deceive people into thinking you can actually write. If you are too lazy or unmotivated to write your own stuff, there are other things you can do. Be an actor, be in a cover band, or be President of the United States.

John Griggs