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From nonfiction to Stand-up comedy: A Journey
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:03:55 PM »
I'm now writing stand-up. Any tips?

And if you're in the Anchorage area this Thursday, send me a message and I'll send you the venue :)

Wish me luck on my first 4 minute set!

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Re: From nonfiction to Stand-up comedy: A Journey
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2018, 09:22:36 PM »
Are you performing or writing for others?
Anyone that does stand up has my respect.
I introduced many comedians in my time as an MC - it is not easy!

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Re: From nonfiction to Stand-up comedy: A Journey
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2018, 10:25:47 AM »
Are you performing or writing for others?
Anyone that does stand up has my respect.
I introduced many comedians in my time as an MC - it is not easy!

Writing and performing my own original content

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Re: From nonfiction to Stand-up comedy: A Journey
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2018, 10:31:25 AM »
Good luck!

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Re: From nonfiction to Stand-up comedy: A Journey
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2018, 11:56:15 AM »
I've done a lot of dialogue writing for myself and other ventriloquists. Dialogues in which both performers can be real as well as ventriloquist/dummy partnerships. I've published scripts in a book that sells at conventions. Of course, the efficacy of a joke depends on the comedian's timing and delivery, but there are a few conventions that help.

1. Know your audience. Usually it consists of just random people as in a comedy club, but if it's a corporate event, private party, or such, you can aim jokes at real people. Within the boundaries of good taste, that is.
2. A monologue or dialogue works well if you time it so there's a laugh at least every ten seconds. Much longer and they get bored. Long setups are a waste of time.
3. Keep it simple. If an audiences has to stop and think to "get" a joke, they won't laugh, and it can throw your timing off.
4. Have an arsenal of replies ready in case of hecklers.
Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

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Re: From nonfiction to Stand-up comedy: A Journey
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2018, 04:06:21 PM »
I've done a lot of dialogue writing for myself and other ventriloquists. Dialogues in which both performers can be real as well as ventriloquist/dummy partnerships. I've published scripts in a book that sells at conventions. Of course, the efficacy of a joke depends on the comedian's timing and delivery, but there are a few conventions that help.

1. Know your audience. Usually it consists of just random people as in a comedy club, but if it's a corporate event, private party, or such, you can aim jokes at real people. Within the boundaries of good taste, that is.
2. A monologue or dialogue works well if you time it so there's a laugh at least every ten seconds. Much longer and they get bored. Long setups are a waste of time.
3. Keep it simple. If an audiences has to stop and think to "get" a joke, they won't laugh, and it can throw your timing off.
4. Have an arsenal of replies ready in case of hecklers.
Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

this is great. thanks Al!

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Re: From nonfiction to Stand-up comedy: A Journey
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2018, 04:14:03 PM »
That's amazing! I wish you all the luck in the world. The best I can do is a somewhat passable Rodney Dangerfield impression.

Okay, not passable.


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Re: From nonfiction to Stand-up comedy: A Journey
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2018, 04:52:04 PM »
This sounds exciting! I hope you let us know how it goes. I think stand-up comedians are among the bravest people on planet earth!

Best of luck