I’m working on a new bit involving dating at 29. The routine’s first main laugh involves complaining that women want to go on too many expensive activities, one after another, in the span of 3-5 hours.
This joke worked twice before, but it didn’t hit tonight. Luckily, I was able to notice the crowd’s reaction and play off of it. Let me know what you think:
As I’ve said before, I like interacting with the crowd. Since this topic (dating at 29) is so contentious among women, I’ve made a conscious effort to be extra-sensitive to their reaction and jump at every chance I get to get them involved. In this way, it’s possible for me to make my point (say what I want to say) and have laughter, even if it doesn’t explicitly come from the written material.
New Goal: Having a Good Set 8/10 Times
Again, my goal has shifted drastically. Instead of trying to get my material to hit 8/10 times, I now want to have a good set (make the crowd laugh consistently) 8/10 times. That shift in thinking is driving me to focus on laughter, rather than just material, and I’m finding it’s paying off more and more.