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Yelp Reviews Pissed Me Off – So I Got Them Back

What to do when Yelp hides your 5 star reviews

Yelp. com is one of the most powerful sites on the web which offer reliable and credible reviews for any business. BUT, what if their algorithm, not a person, decides to “not recommend” and hide your best reviews? That’s what happened to me. I had twenty plus 5 star reviews not seen by the public. What can I do about this. Nothing says Yelp policy. Live with it. Suck it up. I don't do that very well. Then,



Lessons from Comedy for Business

Are you missing what's right in front of you?

I’ve taught stand-up comedy for more than three decades. There are lessons I’ve learned about being funny that also apply to other aspects of life. But often we just don’t think to use them when we're not performing. For example, here’s something I teach my students: Do the show that’s in front of you … not the one in your head. I know this lesson very well because I remind my students of it in almost every class. Yet, I don’t always apply it in other contexts. Like the time I designed for my wife and me a wonderful week-long jaunt up the California coast, from Los Angeles to San Francisco. I’d spent a great deal of time on research and booking B&Bs, remote cabins, and cliff side hotels. Alas, when we got to our first stop, San Luis Obispo, the car broke down. It was on a Saturday evening. The closest car repair shop couldn’t get the required part until Monday and our car wouldn’t be fixed until Tuesday. I was upset and frustr



Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 3 – Greg Dean Comedy Tips 10

  In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 2, I explained how understanding assumptions lead to uncovering more joke mechanisms. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 3, I’ll discuss the mechanism between the target assumption and reinterpretation, and how this lead to creating my original joke writing system The Joke Prospector. Greg Dean Comedy Tips 10: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 3 After a year of teaching joke structure wi



Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 2 – Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9

  In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 8: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 1, I showed the process I went through to understand the assumption’s role in joke structure. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 2, I’ll explain how assumptions lead to uncovering corresponding joke mechanism in the punch. Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9:



Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 1 – Greg Dean Comedy Tips 8

In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 7: Understanding Joke Misdirection - Part 3, I examined how misdirection works with Existing Information Jokes in the Immediate Environment. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 8: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 1, I’ll demonstrate the role of assumptions in all jokes. Greg Dean Comedy Tips 8: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 1 When I became a stand-up comedy teacher in 1982, I had a c



Joke Misdirection – Part 3 – Greg Dean Comedy Tip 7

In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 6: Understanding Joke Misdirection – Part 2, I explained the role of misdirection in Common Knowledge Jokes. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 7: Understanding Joke Misdirection – Part 3, I’ll examine how misdirection works with Existing Information Jokes in the Immediate Environment. Greg Dean Comedy Tip 7:



Joke Misdirection – Part 2 – Greg Dean Comedy Tip 6

  In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 5: Joke Misdirection - Part 1, I explained the role of misdirection in jokes. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 6: Joke Misdirection – Part 2, I’ll examine how misdirection works with Existing Information jokes from Common Knowledge. Greg Dean Comedy Tip 6: Understanding Misdirection – Part 2



Joke Misdirection – Part 1 – Greg Dean Comedy Tip 5

  In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 4: Learn Joke Structure, I explained several advantages to knowing joke structure. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 5: Joke Misdirection - Part 1, I’ll examine the role of misdirection in the function of all jokes. Greg Dean Comedy Tip 5: Joke Misdirection - Part 1 Learn these joke misdirection techniques and more in Greg Dean's Stand-Up Comedy Classes Los Angeles. Click the logo and check out my Free stand-up comedy classes Los Angeles.



Learn Joke Structure – Greg Dean Comedy Tip 4

  In my previous blog,Greg Dean Comedy Tip 3: Some Performing Advice, I offered several tips to improve a comedy show. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 4: Learn Joke Structure, I’ll explain several advantages of knowing joke structure. Greg Dean Comedy Tip 4: Learn Joke Structure Most comedians did not learn joke structure. Even with this lack of knowledge, working comedians can and do write great jokes. My intent isn’t to bash comedians, but rather to illustrate the advantages of knowing joke structure and to encourage working and beginner comedians to learn the mechanism



Express Emotions – Greg Dean Comedy Tips 3

In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 2: What-To Books versus How-To Books, I explained that many so called How-To books only tell you what you need to do, but don’t really teach you how to do it. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 3: Express Emotions, I’ll discuss the importance for comedians to express emotions about their material. Greg Dean Comedy Tip 3: Express Emotions   First, think of the comedians who have been on top of their profession for many years. Then ask yourself, “So they express emotions as they do their material?



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