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 History, I’ll explain how comedians use history as fodder for their jokes.
Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 5: Pay Attention to 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 helmets? I was good at math, until they turned it into letters. A quantum physicist walks into a bar … maybe.” History is everywhere, so it’s easily available.
To play this game, investigate your family history. Do you how and when your relatives came to America? Talk to your grandmother. Pick a war and read about it. Study the bible. Read the biography of your favorite historical hero. Most uncreative people overlook history. Look.
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Do you understand the significance of the French Revolution on your everyday life?
In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 6: Find the Contradictions, I’ll show how comedians use everyday paradoxes for comedy material.
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