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Tips on Comedy Writing

Tip #1: Rather than picking a funny topic (i.e. Viagra, anal bleaching, you get the idea), start with a serious topic that is authentic to something you're dealing with (i.e. a breakup, illness, moving back home with your family). Working off a funny topic creates hack material, finding the funny in a serious topic takes creativity.

Tip #2: Get your audience engaged by starting off with rhetorical questions. "Anyone else think that Lady Gaga's meat dress was over the top in cholesterol?" Remember, stand-up is not a speech, but a conversation, and including the audience is always a good idea.

Tip #3: Rather than sitting at a computer to write comedy material, get together with a comedy buddy in person or via Skype and create your material in conversation and then write it. We've created a new networking comedy buddy system, and it's free. Find your "comedy soul-mate" here.

4 comments:

  1. Hi. I'm afraid I can't find the "networking comedy buddy system". Please help me find it. Thanks.

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  2. Gary - it's at http://myspeakerbuddy.ning.com

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Judy Carter blogs on comedy, storytelling and public speaking techniques, using personal stories and her adventures as a stand-up comic turned motivational public speaker. Her weekly blogs are read by fans of her books, “The Comedy Bible” (Simon and Schuster) and “The Message of You” (St. Martin’s Press), which include comics, speakers, and entrepreneurs. She is also known for teaching the value of humor and storytelling to businesses as a leadership and stress reduction tool.