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What Creates Massive Success In Comedy?

In this article, I’ll introduce you to a new way of looking at creativity. I’ll also show you examples of how this type of creativity was applied by the greatest comedians of all time. Then I’ll go a step further and show you how this type of creativity actually lead to their future success. This simple change…

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The Death of Joke Writing: Why You Should Un-Joke Your Material

Sometimes, a comedian is the only sane person in a room because he’s the only person willing to question the obvious and so reveal the false as false. In fact, we’re so good at misdirection and questioning the obvious that we have the pattern set in stone: Setup: Here’s what we all assume to be true. Punchline:…

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What Creates Massive Success In Comedy?

In this article, I’ll introduce you to a new way of looking at creativity. I’ll also show you examples of how this type of creativity was applied by the greatest comedians of all time. Then I’ll go a step further and show you how this type of creativity actually lead to their future success. This simple change…

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Deconstructing A Blonde Joke

We’re going to break down the #1 ranked blonde joke (the #4 ranked street joke) of all time. A street joke is simply a joke that is commonly heard from non-comedians. This is a great way of punching up your material. Be careful to never use this while writing new material. It’s only beneficial when punching up…

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Stop Over-Thinking & Start Writing

Over-analyzing and over-thinking are huge creativity killers. Tap into your authentic self while writing. Forget about trying to satisfy 100 different “comedy rules.” If the price of a laugh is giving up your authenticity, your creative freedom… then it’s not worth telling. If you feel like you take 1 step forward and 2 steps back,…

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The Perfect Set List For Remembering Your Material

This is a ridiculously awesome way of remembering your set. I’ve been very open about my past struggle with stage-fright and perfectionism. The intense fear I felt early in my career lead me to search for better ways of remembering my material. I developed this strategy for remembering comedy material very early in my career…

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What’s the best way to save a story or joke that bombed?

This is easily the best strategy for turning a bombed joke around. “Calling the moment” is a way of saving jokes that was popularized by Johnny Carson. The brilliance of Johnny Carson was that he could get just as many (if not more) laughs from a bombed joke than a good one. Calling the moment…

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Jared Volle at the Comics Rock Convention in Los Angeles

I have exciting news for all the people emailing me about seeing me live. I’ve been invited to speak at the 5th annual Comics Rock Convention in Los Angeles. If you don’t know the Comics Rock Convention, think of it as the “TED Talks” of stand-up comedy. The convention has a ton of other awesome…

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Can I Become a Comedian If I’m Under 18 or 21?

Feature image provided by MySecuritySign.com Many great comedians got their start in comedy before turning 18 or 21 your of age. If you want to become a comedian but are under 18 or under 21, you’ll have a unique set of benefits and challenges What’s important is that you use benefits to your advantage. This…

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The Truth About Alcohol and Writing Comedy

I’m breaking away from the normal “how to write stand-up comedy” blogs and decided to have some fun with this one. This article will look at the affects alcohol has on writing stand-up comedy. Ever felt like you write better if you have a drink first? You’re not alone. In fact, creativity researchers have studied…

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Stand-up Comedy and Self-Expression

Take a look at the stand-up comedians that you are a big fan of. What do they all have in common? Aside from the ability to get laughs and high creativity… each one of them uses stand-up comedy as an art form of self-expression. What happens when a comedian DOESN’T use stand-up comedy as self-expression?…

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