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Joke Tellers vs. Storytellers

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Joke-Tellers ...

  • Have a BLAND personality
  • Sound hacky, inauthentic & unnatural
  • Require a specific setup/punchline structure to get laughs
  • Struggle to connect with the audience
  • Neglect their natural sense of humor
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Storytellers ...

  • Are oozing personality
  • Are worth talking about
  • Sound like real human beings
  • Build massive rapport with the audience
  • Don't need conventional punchlines to get laughs

Why Are Successful Comedians Almost Always Storytellers?

There are a lot of reasons... but here's the BIGGIE...

Success In Stand-Up Comedy Is All About Personality

Personality is where humor gets its power. It's the most important factor that makes you unique and memorable on stage and off.  Bland comedians doom themselves to performing endless open-mics and hell gigs.

Comedians with personality have huge fan-bases because, personality is an important part of how humans naturally connect with other humans. Human psychology doesn't suddenly stop working when you're standing on stage. Personality has always been the key to connecting, and storytelling has always been humanity's favorite way of communicating.

Personality Makes You Different

Personality Makes You Memorable

Personality Makes You Interesting

Personality Draws Audiences To You

It's almost impossible to put a lot of personality into "a joke"

Want proof?

Try this thought experiment.

Imagine you're in a room with 20 other comedians with about as much experience as you.

I ask all 20 comedians to write a "Yo Momma So Fat Joke" on a piece of paper and turn it in.

Then we take YOUR BEST FRIEND and and ask them to "pick out YOUR joke from among the 20 others."

Could your best friend do it?

I offered this challenge at the Comics Rock Convention in Los Angeles earlier this year. Even with tons of experienced comedians, not a single comedian raised accepted the challenge. (I don't blame them, I wouldn't have either).

So lets be brutally honest about "jokes."

 

If your BEST FRIEND couldn't choose your joke from among ONLY 20 JOKES ...
How will STRANGERS find you unique from among EVERY COMEDIAN IN THE INDUSTRY?

 

Storytellers have 2 things joke-writer's don't: Personality and Authenticity.

 

Joke-writer's suffer from a bland personality

Joke Writing Formulas Destroy Personality

Does anybody really believe that a pre-made joke formula is going to be able to capture their unique sense of humor?

A joke formula is nothing more than a "Joke Assembly Line." Each step of the way you do the exact same thing and get the exact same (terrible) result. That's great for making cars... not comedy.

Thinking that a joke formula is going to capture your unique sense of humor is as ridiculous as thinking that a Toyota assembly line is going to "accidentally make a Ferrari."

There's a name for comedians that write formulaic jokes: a hack.

What if you don't use a joke-writing formula? What if you just write setups and punchlines?

Writing into a setup/punchline format is ridiculously difficult and completely ineffective.

There's 2 HUGE PROBLEMS with this:

  1. Writing into a setup/punchline format has way too many rules... and rules cause writer's block. Having too many rules is the #1 reason comedians get writer's block. Think about it... you NEVER get "writer's block" when you're hanging out with friends. Funny comments come pouring out of you with ease. Why? Because you're tapping your authentic sense of humor.
  2. In order to make your material fit into a setup/punchline format you have to force your natural sense of humor to conform to a bunch of arbitrary rules that you never needed before to get laughs before. The results are always the same: No matter how hard you work, you'll never write quality material because either your material won't "fit the rules" or (more likely) you'll be unable to write anything down in the first place because none of your material can satisfy all the crazy rules at the same time.

Joke-Writers Constantly Struggle With Authenticity

In joke-telling, comedians take their natural sense of humor and force it into an awkward structure that they've never used before in real life. (How many "jokes" have you written in your life before becoming a comedian? Probably zero.) They are so rare that jokes always feel unnatural and forced. Instead of seeming like "a naturally funny person," you come off like a desperate, needy guy on a blind date... trying to say anything you think the audience wants to hear so that they like you. No matter how hard a joke-writer tries, jokes always come off as "bullshitting the audience." They're completely unnatural because jokes aren't how people naturally use humor. And here's the worst part... rewriting a joke only makes it feel even more "jokey." The only escape is tapping your authentic sense of humor.

Storytelling Isn't An "Add-On"

You're natural sense of humor has always incorporated storytelling. Storytelling is how humor spreads in the real world. It's 100% authentic.

They are so intimately linked that...

  • The stories you enjoy telling have shaped your natural sense of humor.
  • Your natural sense of humor has shaped how you enjoy telling stories.

This has been going on your entire adult life to perfectly balance the type of stories you enjoy telling, how you enjoy telling them, and your natural sense of humor.

It's like a perfect eco-system were everything is naturally in balance and aligned with each other. Just like in an eco-system, if you force something unnatural into the mix the balance fall apart and all hell breaks loose.

 

You cannot separate your natural sense of humor from storytelling,
but you've had no problems getting people laughing without jokes.

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Your course and book have been very, very helpful... I know I have a long way to go, but at least now it's easier, not to mention a lot more fun.

I just finished reading the eBook version of Faster and Funnier. It’s a great compliment to the FNF program. I signed up for it a few years ago, when I was stuck. I would write comedy, or do what I thought was writing comedy. I was so frightened to get up onstage. I had and used every excuse in the book why I shouldn’t get up onstage.

Using the very first lessons in FNF, I learned that I was getting in my own way. I realized I was scared because I was not sure of my process when it came to the whole comedy thing.

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People can debate all day about which comedy teacher has the best joke-formulas...

but when it really comes down to it...

You Have 2 Options In Comedy Training

Setup/Punchline

Structure

Storytelling

Structure

Joke Structures Make Material Feel Awkward

  • Material feel lifeless, forced, or inauthentic
  • Leaves you thinking "Why am I funny off stage but struggle with writing stand-up?"

Storytelling Creates Humor Organically

  • Uses the same exact sense of humor that you use with your friends.
  • Doesn't require a setup/punchline structure.

Makes Stand-Up Unnecessarily Difficult

  • Forces you to write comedy using a system that has nothing to do with your natural sense of humor
  • The crazy number of rules to remember creates constant writer's block

Effortless & Fun. Like It Should Be.

  • Your natural sense of humor is effortless & fun. Your writing should be to
  • When using your natural sense of humor, you're always working from a position of strength
  • Easier to learn than formulas or joke structures

Joke Formulas & Structures Kill Personality

  • Rules and joke structure cover up your natural sense of humor
  • Putting personality into joke-writing and joke-telling is almost impossible

Same Personality. Same Sense of Humor.

  • Less rules leaves more room for your personality to shine through.
  • Write and perform comedy just like your talking with your best friend.

Sucks the Fun Out of Comedy

  • Brainstorming is boring, unnatural, and ineffective
  • Rejects your natural sense of humor
  • Requires unnatural steps like "Listing audience assumptions"

Using Your Natural Sense of Humor Is Always Fun

  • You are funnier, more interesting, and more authentic when you use your true personality
  • Using your natural sense of humor is the whole reason you got into comedy in the first place.
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