In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 8: Identify Assumptions, I showed how assumptions are the doorway to writing jokes. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 9: Recurring Themes of Pop Culture, I’ll discuss how Pop Culture feeds comedians a constant stream of topics for writing material.
Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 9: Recurring Themes of Pop Culture
The media creates or repeats the recurring themes 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 your comic mind to keep up with what’s new.
When at a bar or club, do you notice the names of the popular drinks?
How to play this game: Exploit these themed stories before they become passé. Identify these recurring trends so you can use them as topics or premises to write material. Are you familiar with all the products for depression, ED, feminine pads, bad breath, dry skin, sore feet, etc? Many people are closed to the latest thing. Be open.
In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 10: Know How to Research, I’ll demonstrate how being able to research helps to turn a topic into a routine.
• Greg Dean’s Beginner Stand-Up Comedy Classes begins April 8, 2013. Limited time offer $50 Off.
• I am working on the Be Funny Book Series workbooks which take all the comedy techniques and turn them into exercises so anyone can learn them. Look for it in 2013.
• Smoked a Camacho cigar while writing this blog. These are great cigars.
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