Comedy is a fragile thing. One little distraction can throw an entire room off. Here's what to avoid.
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Rowan Atkinson: "Big laughs depend on physical rather than verbal humor."
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Seinfeld explains his sock joke: "You take everything that fits that [escaped convict] scenario and apply it to the [escaped sock] joke."
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Alan Lefkowitz on why comedians are desperately in need of and uniquely resistant to psychotherapy. Also, why getting better doesn’t mean getting less…
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Groans are better than silence. Anthony Jeselnik and Dave Attell on what growns from an audience signify.
Punchlines should be like a verbal slap in the face so avoid long words/phrases that land like feathers. Also: If your punchline’s got a hard -k sound…
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You can't tickle yourself. You need an "unpredictable touch." Punch lines need to deliver that same sort of unexpected twist.
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Get in touch with your exasperation, explain why you're talking about a subject, and show the crowd you truly care about it.
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