Comedy Classes in Mind

Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 13: Comedy Speaking for Objects

If it could speak...what would it say?

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In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 12: Use Misunderstanding Jokes, I explained how misunderstanding can lead to funny comments. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 13: Comedy Speaking for Objects, I’ll explain how saying what objects could say if they could talk. Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 13: Comedy Speaking for Objects Have you ever looked at an object and thought, “If it could speak, it would say ‘this.’?” It may not be able to speak, but you can comedy speaking for objects. Richard Pryor was a master at this. His routine about his crack pipe talking to him is one of the most profound



Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 12: Do Misunderstanding Jokes

Comedy classes in the mine?

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In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson11: Pay Attention to Observational Jokes, I showed how being quiet and noticing your environment can lead to unseen ideas for material. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson12: Do Misunderstanding Jokes, I’ll demonstrate how easy it is to find jokes through misunderstanding what others are saying. Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 12: Do Misunderstanding Jokes In life we all strive to understand and to be understood. This assumption makes it easy to turn the tables by doing misunderstanding jokes. The trick is to convince the other person that you’re really did misund



Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 11: Pay Attention to Observational Jokes

Find obvious, yet hidden humor.

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In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 10: Jokes are in Details, I demonstrated how digging into the specifics can help create jokes. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 11: Pay Attention to Observational Jokes, I’ll discuss the importance of sitting somewhere and paying attention to discover an unseen world for making jokes. Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 10: Pay Attention to Observational Jokes You need to become aware of the world around you. Our environments are filled with so many things we learn to filter out and often contain observational jokes. Not until you stop and notice wi



Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 10: Jokes are in Details

Learn to think like a comedian.

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In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 9: Recurring Themes of Pop Culture, I discussed how comedians use pop culture as ideas for material. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 10: Jokes are in Details, I’ll demonstrate how comedians dig into the details of their topics to find jokes. Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 10: Jokes are in Details Jokes are not in generalities, they are born from details. You can’t write a joke about “family,” because it’s too broad. You can write jokes about the mishaps of vacations, strategies for getting into the bathroom first, and the lame presents you got. These are all details, which w



Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 9: Themes of Pop Culture Comedy

Comedic games for enhancing your sense of humor.

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In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 8: Identify Funny Assumptions, I showed how assumptions are the doorway to writing jokes. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 9: Themes of Pop Culture Comedy, I’ll discuss how Pop Culture feeds comedians a constant stream of topics for writing material. Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 9: Themes of Pop Culture Comedy The media creates or repeats the recurring themes of pop culture comedy on a daily basis, so they’ll have some drivel to report. These themes can dominate the media, like pit bull attacks, autistic savants playing music, etc? Pop culture is constantly evolving, so must y



Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 8: Identify Funny Assumptions

Find the funny by playing comic games.

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In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 7: Be Playfully Contrary, I showed how comedians play devil’s advocate to uncover other’s opinions and clarify their own values. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 8: Identify Funny Assumptions, I’ll discuss how assumptions are the doorway to writing jokes. Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 8: Identify Funny Assumptions Assumptions are the interpretations we believe things mean, but can’t be proven. That’s why they’re called assumptions. All jokes shatter some funny assumptions, which is how they create surprise. For instance, this joke: “I had a mud pack fac



Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 7: Be Playfully Contrary

Learn to be funny by playing mental games.

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In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 6: Find the Contradictions, I discussed how everyday contradictions can be used as jokes. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 7: Be Playfully Contrary, I’ll show how comedians play devil’s advocate to uncover other’s opinions and clarify their own. Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 7: Be Playfully Contrary Comedians do not accept the status quo, they go against the stream. When you take the opposite position against other people’s principles and beliefs you can find comedy material … and sometimes arguments. If you always agree with everyone because you want to be like, you’ll



Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 6: Find the Funny Contradictions

Mental games to improve your sense of humor.

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In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 5: Pay Attention to Comedy History, I explained that comedians use established historical event and people as fodder for their jokes. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 6: Find the Funny Contradictions, I’ll show how comedians use everyday contradictions for comedy material. Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 6: Find the Funny Contradictions There are so many little things that make no sense if you look at them for what they really are. For instance, George Carlin’s joke “Dogs hate it when you blow in their face. But put them in the car and they stick their heads out the window.”



Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 5: Pay Attention to Comedy History

Mental games to make your funnier.

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In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 4: Know the Latest Trends, I explained how comedians know the latest social trends to be ahead of the crowd. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 5: Pay Attention to Comedy History, I’ll explain how comedians use history as fodder for their jokes. Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 5: Pay Attention to Comedy History If you’re like me, you hated history classes in school because it had nothing to do with today. How wrong I was. History is filled with known events waiting for your comedic spin. Famous comedians often use historical facts to create material. Why did kamikaze pilots wear



Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 4: Know the Latest Trends

Brain games to enhance your funny bone.

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In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 3: Investigate Things You Dislike, I asked you to play a game where you put yourself in unfamiliar or uncomfortable situations to challenge your values and establish your negative opinions. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 4: Know the Latest Trends, I’ll explain a game where you’ll check out the latest trends to be ahead of the crowd. This will be easy for you if you have kids. They know all the latest trends. Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 4: Know the Latest Trends If you’re familiar with the “tipping point,” then you understand how the latest trends come about. Comics



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