Don’t Just Say the Joke, Become the Joke

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You write a joke. You feel good about the bit. You work the bit out at mics or on stage a few times. You feel good enough to add it to your set. The premise seems to interest people. The punchline seems solid. But the joke isn’t hitting the way that it should. Why?

New Year, New Goals

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The year has come and gone. Take a moment and reflect on all the things you have done as a comic this year. The new material you have written. The jokes you edited and turned from a dud to a part of your set. The networking you have accomplished. The shows you got booked on […]

Read the Audience

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Listen, I have gone on the record many, many, many times stating comedians should not worry about the audience and to always trust their material. And I am a firm believer in that statement. You should have faith in the work you put in. You should trust in the jokes you have written and rewritten […]

Audience Americans

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A cisgender, a lesbian, a Muslim and a feminist walked in to a comedy club…and laughed because the comic didn’t label people. The comic didn’t look out at the faces of the waiting crowd and decide they wouldn’t understand their jokes because they are different. The comic knew that all the people who came to […]

If You Aren’t On Stage, Shut Up

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I don’t understand why I need to write this article because it seems like something that should be common knowledge. Time and time again though, I’m proven wrong. What I think should be known is obviously not known by many, many young comics. So, here it is. When comedians are at comedy shows and not […]