Joke Writing: False Perceptions That Can Hold A Comedian Back

Let’s assume that you want to develop a stand-up comedy routine. If you are like most people, you will focus on joke writing.

And that’s where you will run into some significant problems if you want to develop comedy material that generates audience laughter.

First of all, there’s a huge difference between trying to write something funny in a literary way that is designed to be read instead of designed to be expressed to an audience.



When it comes to joke writing, here are some things you may want to consider:

Audiences don’t read stand-up comedy material – they experience it as it is being delivered.

If you are trying to write jokes by only working with words and sentences on paper, you are only working with 7% of what makes a person funny.

Hint: 93% of what makes a person funny on stage or offstage does not come from the literal words and sentences they use.

Most stand-up comedy material that will work on stage will not read funny as it is written on paper.

If you don’t believe that, just check out the first free lesson in the Killer Stand-up Online Course entitled Conventional Joke Writing: The Fastest Path To Failure In Stand-up Comedy.

In that lesson I transcribed two stand-up comedy bits from different comedians with different delivery styles that you can read for yourself. Then I provide the videos of the comedians performing the material and getting huge laughs.

The difference is striking.

Let me put this another way:

If you want to write jokes that are designed to be read, use Twitter or start a blog. But if you want to develop stand-up comedy that will actually get big laughs on stage…

There is much more to consider and incorporate into stand-up comedy material than simply trying to write jokes out of thin air from a blank piece of paper (which is the hardest way possible to make any real progress as a comedian).

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