In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 1: Notice What Others Miss, I discussed how you need to recognize all the idioms that you hear all the time, but don’t really know what they mean. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 2: Be Aware of the Details, I’ll ask you to play a game that makes you aware of objects and the details within them.
Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 2: Be Aware of the Details
Every day, in your environment, you’re bombarded by millions of details you need to pay attention to. Do you look at the architecture of every building you walk into? Do you study the logos of the products that you use? The jokes are in the details. All of the seemingly irrelevant details others dismiss can be fodder for jokes. Comedians note those insignificant details that others can’t be bothered with. Bother.
Lesson 2: Be Aware of the Details
To create comedy classes in your mind, begin with this question:
What is the function of a blue reflector in the middle of the road?
Then turn your observational skills toward other details you’ve overlooked which are right in front of your face. Play this game for 15 minutes every day for one week. It’ll open your eyes and expand your comic mind.
In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 3: Investigate Things You Dislike, I’ll introduce a game where you’ll confront the things you don’t like to be around. Know thy enemy.
• I’ve finished writing the Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy – Workbook Series. It’s an addendum to my published book, Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy which offers tons of joke writing and performance techniques. Now you have a way to practice all of them. It’ll be available in 2013 on Lulu.com
• Check out my DVD: How to be a Stand-Up Comedian. It’s the next best thing to attending my comedy classes.
• Smoked a Joya de Nicaragua cigar while writing this blog. Strong and tasty.
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