Getting Help To Write Jokes
Do you know who Paul Mooney is? You should. He co-wrote Richard Pryor’s stand-up material. He created the character Homey D. Clown for Damon Wayans on In Living Color.
What about Paul Allen? He started Microsoft with Bill Gates. Jobs had Wozniak. The Brain had Pinky.
Admitting that you get help to write material isn’t talked about much on the comedy scene, but it’s a fact of life.
I get ideas all of the time from other people. Sometimes it comes in the form of an argument where I’m trying to position a point of view. Sometimes it comes from watching people go about their daily lives. Sometimes, it comes from other comedians (gasp!).
Getting Help on the Kardashian Bit
Recently, I’ve been developing a bit on why Kim Kardashian isn’t the stupid/evil whore people make her out to be. In the beginning, it was strong argument, but not a stand-up comedy bit. I needed jokes.
I’ve been getting a ton of feedback, mostly people saying I sucked and that my shit was weak. That said, I was able to glean some very strong material from the barney (rubble).
Here are two examples of friends/commenters helping me develop my Kardashian is not a whore bit.
How Many Girls Are In Here?
Part of my argument is that she created a media empire by having sex once, whereas there are pornstars that have had sex for years without making 1/100th of what she has.
My boy TB suggested I start off that argument wth a rhetorical question:
‘How many white girls are in here…now multiply that by how many dicks they’ve sucked…[click play for punchline]’
God damn that’s hilarious.
Make Fun Of Yourself, Too
Look at how this conversation with Greg reminded me about my success with self-deprecating material, which in turn led to another solid joke (click here for the actual discussion):
Me: Have you seen the updated post where I included jokes this time around? I realize that the first iteration was more of a rant than a stand-up comedy joke. Check this out and let me know what you think.
Greg: Hey man, I think you have something….you might not have nailed it just yet. The idea that she has become famous from having a sex tape…there is an insight there….it’s not that she has had sex just once. The idea is that she has become famous for no reason. Why not compare something you tried to do to be famous and had it fail. Like…you tried to make a sex tape…and all you got was a bill for $3000 and dick zits. Saw some of your tweets… Ryerson: the Coffee Time of universities was pretty funny.
Me: Read my mind! From the previous posts that I’ve done, the feedback has been that people like my self-deprecating material. How about: Some girls get STD’s when they have sex…what’d she get? A media fucking empire. I had sex on camera the other day, and all I got was a long sigh of disappointment followed by a lifetime supply of low self-esteem and a subscription to ‘Feelings of Inadequacy Around Black Guys’ Magazine.
Today, I’m going to be congealing the ideas that I’ve had into bits that can be worked into five, seven, and ten-minute sets……but I couldn’t have done it without your help.
Bill Gates had Paul Allen. Simon had Garfunkel. The Brain had Pinky….
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