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Comedy Books – What-To vs How-To – Greg Dean Comedy Tip 2

In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 1: Comedy Teachesr Who Teach,  I offered the advice to make sure a comedy teacher teaches you the fundamental skills of joke writing and performing by having you do exercises. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 2: Comedy Books What-To vs How-To, I’ll explain that many so called How-To comedy books only tell you what you need to do, but don’t really teach you how to do it.   Greg Dean Comedy Tip 2: Comedy Books What-To vs How-To   If you’ve read as manycomedy books as I have on joke writing and



Comedy Teachers Who Teach – Greg Dean Comedy Tip 1

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian  – Tip 34: Never Make Fun of Someone's Laugh, I offered several tips to improve a comedy show. In this new blog series, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 1: Find Comedy Teachers Who Teach, I’ll explain why too many stand-up comedy coaches don’t actually teach anything. How to Be Funny - Tip 1: Find Comedy Teachers Who Teach Learn from the teacher o



How to Be a Comedian – Tip 34: Never Make Fun of Someone’s Laugh

  In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 33: Stop Using Comic’s Clichés - Part 3, I discussed those overused greeting comic’s clichés comedians use when they don’t think about their reasons for doing what they do on stage. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 34: Never Make Fun of Someone’s Laugh, I’ll explain how not to kill the laughter in the room. How to Be a Comedian - Tip 34: Never Make Fun of Someone’s Laugh This is an unwritten cardinal rule. When you make fun of someone’s laugh, not only will that person stop laughing, but the rest of the audience will too because they don’t want you to make fun of them.   A person develops a loud or unusual laugh to get attention, so he or she often becomes the lead laugher for a crowd. If you squelch that person, you’re likely to stifle the entire audience. You’re on stage to make people laugh, so let them la



How to Be a Comedian – Tip 33: Stop Using Comic’s Cliches – Part 3

  In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 32: Stop Using Comic’s Clichés - Part 2, I discussed those overused physical comic’s clichés comedians use when they don’t think about their reasons for doing what they do on stage. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 33: Stop Using Comic’s Clichés - Part 3, I’ll try to persuade you to greet the audience with something other than a question where you don’t care about the answer. How to Be a Comedian – Tip 33: Stop Using Comic’s Clichés - Part 3 Greeting an audience is a very important part of a show which usually gets delegated to a comic’s cliché, like, “Hi. How you all doing tonight?” Do you really care how they are doing? No, so don’t ask. Comic’s Clichés are all the commonly used phrases comics repeat because they heard other comics use them.   Then again, it’s



How to Be a Comedian – Tip 31: Stop Using Comic’s Clichés – Part 1

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 30: Avoid the Motor Mouth Syndrome, I gave some of the reasons beginner comics stream roll through their shows. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 31: Stop Using Comic’s Clichés – Part 1, I’ll discuss those overused phrases comics constantly use. How to Be a Comedian Tip 31: Stop Using Comic’s Clichés – Part 1 There are phrases that all the beginner comics use because they heard some other comic say them. These are what I call comic’s clichés. I’m not discussing societal clichés, which are



How to Be a Comedian – Tip 30: Avoid the Motor Mouth Syndrome

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 29: No Questions as Segues – Part 2, I discussed the overuse of asking the audience a question to bring up a new subject. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 30: Avoid the Motor Mouth Syndrome, I’ll give some of the reasons beginner comics stream roll through their shows. How to Be a Comedian Tip 30: Avoid the Motor Mouth Syndrome The motor-mouth syndrome occurs when the comic goes through the material without stopping for laughs or even a breath. You’re on stage to have fun mak



Segues – No Questions – Part 2 – How to Be a Comedian – Tip 29

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 28: No Questions as Segues – Part 1, I discussed the overuse of asking the audience a question to bring up a new subject. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 29: No Questions as Segues – Part 2, I’ll point out more amateurish mistakes which make comics look foolish. How to Be a Comedian Tip 29: No Questions as Segues – Part 2 Another unwanted by product of using questions as a way of bring up a Topic is when the comic doesn’t get the response he wants. Then, even worse, ignoring the answer or lack of answer to his questio



Segues – No Questions – How to Be a Comedian – Tip 28

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 27: Closing Line, I covered the importance of having a joke to get off stage with a laugh. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 28: No Questions as Segues – Part 1, I’ll discuss the overuse of asking the audience a question to bring up a new subject. How to Be a Comedian Tip 28: No Questions as Segues – Part 1 Of all of the comics’ clichés, asking a question as a means of bring up a new subject matter is the most frequently abused and the biggest waste of valuable stage time. It’s a personal quest of mine to era



How to Be a Comedian – Tip 27: Closing Line

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 26: Opening Line, I discussed the importance of having an opening line to get a laugh right away. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 27: Closing Line, I’ll cover the importance of having a joke to get off stage with a laugh. How to Be a Comedian Tip 27: Closing Line One of the more awkward parts of a show is getting off stage. If you don’t have a designed exit, then you get whatever you get. Or if you want a smooth exit the technique to use is call Closing Line. By its name, it’s self evident what it



How to Be a Comedian – Tip 26: Opening Line

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 25: Acknowledge Idiosyncrasies, I discuss why comedians need to talk about things the audience may fixate on in order to get their attention back on the show. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 26: Opening Line, I’ll show the importance of getting that first laugh quickly. How to Be a Comedian Tip 26: Opening Line After you greet



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