Is it possible to simply state the truth on stage and get laughs? It’s a question that’s central to my comedy as I try to strip away all of the bullshit and just be myself on stage.
Testing out the Truth
Last night, I started my set with,
I would like to dispel a myth: Ladies, just because you get your picture taken with a digital camera, that doesn’t necessarily make you a model.
To my delight, it got a big laugh. Now, that’s simply the premise of the joke. The punchlines come after. The question is: why did they laugh? Was it because of:
- The suspense developed using, ‘I would like to dispel a myth…’
- My facial expression?
- The matter of fact delivery?
- It’s simply the truth?
I’m not sure, but I’m looking forward to finding out the answer(s). Because if I can make the truth funny, I’ll be well on my way.
Last Word Theory
The theory states that you want a joke to hit the audience at the last possible moment in your sentence. Why? Because if the joke hits the audience while you’re still speaking, you’ll be talking over their laugh (called, ‘stepping on their laugh‘). In the above example, the laugh doesn’t come until I say the word, ‘model.’
Tim Sim’s Encouragement Fund Competition
I’ve been nominated along with 20 other comedians to compete in the Tim Sim’s Fresh Meat Competition. The winner gets $5,000.00. As the Sept 10th date approaches, I’ve planned/booked 12-15 open mic performances to get ready. When I win on the 10th, the finals will be on the 30th of September, and I’ll need a killer ten-minute set to get the $5k.
The best thing about the competition is that it’s given me a deadline to write new material. Work expands to fill the time alotted, as they say. A deadline gives me just the sense of urgency that I need to buckle down and put in the serious work it’s going to take to win.
Ever wish a song was just the chorus, over and over and over again?