In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 20: Arranging Comedy Routines – Part 1, I talked about the importance of rearranging routines and offer an excellent guideline. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 21: Arranging Comedy Routines – Part 2, I’ll offer another technique for rearranging routines and bits so they are more effective.
How to Be a Comedian -Tip 21:
Arranging Comedy Routines – Part 2
The first step is to learn joke structure and how to write jokes.
Arranging Comedy Routines – Graphing Your Show
Graphing is a great technique for plotting the overall effectiveness of your show. As you listen to the play-back of your show, rate the jokes from least funny to the funniest, and place dots for each rating on a piece of paper to form a graph. This isn’t Comedy Lab 101, so it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s just a simple method of seeing how your show climbs and falls.
If your show graphs like this on the Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy – Diagram 13:
The technique of Arranging Comedy Routines are in this workbook.
You have a problem with the pacing because it’s funnier in the middle. When arranging comedy routines, you’ll want to order the jokes so the show ends with the jokes that get the biggest laughs.
This is what your show’s graph should look like on the Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy -Diagram 14:
This kind of show builds steadily upward; some jokes may get an equal response, but none should get significantly less laughter than the jokes that came before it. The show should continue to get bigger and bigger laughs, ending with the biggest laugh of all.
In my next blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 22: Arranging Comedy Routines – Part 3, I’ll offer several more guidelines for arranging routines.
How to Be a Comedian – Arranging Comedy Routines
Greg Dean’s Stand-Up Comedy Workshop