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

In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 12: Purposely Misunderstand, I explained how misunderstanding can lead to funny comments. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 13: Speak for Objects, I’ll explain how saying what objects could say if they could talk.

Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 13: Speak 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. Richard Pryor was a master at this. His routine about his crack pipe talking to him is one of the most profound routines in stand-up comedy history. Eddie Izzard speaks for object in his shows in very funny ways. These are the kind of jokes that help comedians express their truth by anthropomorphizing objects.

Comedy Classes in Your Mind Game: Look for an attribute in an object that you and others recognize as a human expression, and then say what that object might say. It’s that simple. The trick is noticing the characteristics of things and expressing it publically. Speak for the silent majority.

In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 14: Reinterpret Acronyms, I’ll discuss how making acronyms mean something different than what is intended is an easy laugh.

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Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 12: Purposely Misunderstand

In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson11: Sit and Pay Attention, 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: Purposely Misunderstand, I’ll demonstrate how easy it is to find jokes through misunderstanding what others are saying.

Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 12: Purposely Misunderstand

In life we all strive to understand and to be understood. This assumption makes it easy to turn the tables and purposely misunderstand to find jokes. The trick is to convince the other person that you’re really did misunderstand. When the person tries to straighten out the misunderstanding, this will give you more information to misunderstand.

Comedy Classes in Your Mind Game: sort for ambiguities and accept the meaning that was not meant, and then continue the conversation as if that wrong meaning is the right one. For instance, I was riffing an audience and asked a guy sitting next to a gal if they were a couple. He said, “More or less.” I looked at the gal, “Do you realize he thinks you’re in a moral-less relationship?” It got worse for the guy from that point on. Easy laughs.

Word of Warning: this can get irritationg quickly, so notice when to move on. And please don’t try this while getting a traffic ticket.

In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 13, Speak for Object, I’ll discuss how to take on the point of view of objects to create humor.

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• Coming in May 2013: Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy – Workbook Series. It’ll be available on LULU.com and Amazon.com.

• Smoked a Black Pearl cigar while writing this blog. So, so.

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Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 11: Sit and Pay Attention

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: Sit and Pay Attention, 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: Sit and Pay Attention

You need to become aware of the world around you. Our environments are filled with so many things we learn to filter out. Not until you stop and notice will you wake up to reality. The world is amazingly diverse and filled with infinite possibilities.

Comedy Classes in Your Mind Game: Go to your favorite place, and then sit and be quiet. Use all of your senses to look, listen, smell, feel and taste. You’ll notice so many things you’ve taken for granted or ignored for years. These are the things others ignore and you can use this information as the topics for jokes. There are realms of things average people never notice. Notice.

In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 12: Purposely Misunderstand, I’ll show how funny people create misunderstandings in order to make jokes.

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• I finished the workbooks for my Be Funny Book Series. Each of the five books includes an eBook, Audio Book, and a Workbook. It’ll be available on clickbank.com later this year.

• See my wife, Gayla Johnson, in Tyler Perry’s All I Want Kwanzaa.

• I smoked a Gurkuh Century cigar while writing this blog. Short and tasty.

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

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 will each contain even more details. Constantine Stanislavski said, “You can never be too specific.” This is also true for joke writing.

Do you know the parts of a zipper?

How to play this game: select some common thing, and then dig into the details by asking questions. Who, what, when, where, why, and how the hell out of it. Get into the habit of collecting details. Feed detailed information into a comic mind, jokes will flow.

In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 11: Sit Somewhere and Pay Attention, I’ll show how important it is to be aware of your environment by taking the time to notice.

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• No cigar this time. My wife likes that.

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

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.

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

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 Assumptions, I’ll discuss how assumptions are the doorway to writing jokes.

Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 8: Identify Assumptions

Assumptions are the interpretations of what we believe things are or mean, but can’t be proven. That’s why they’re called assumptions. All jokes shatter some assumption, which is how they create surprise. For instance, this joke: “I had a mud pack facial and for three day I looked much better. Then the mud fell off.”  You made the assumption the mud was removed as part of the facial, which is why this person look good. This assumption was shattered when it was revealed that this person looked better because the mud was left on. Assumptions are the doorway to punch lines. Once you know the assumptions, you can identify or invent a surprise. People laugh when their assumptions are shattered and surprised.

How to play this game: at first make lists about common situations. Sit in a restaurant and identify all your assumptions. It’ll be in the hundreds. For every assumption, jump to an unexpected meaning, other than the assumption. For instance, assumption: the waiter will be a presentable human. Jump: the waiter is Sasquatch.

Once you feel confident with identifying assumptions and jumping, take it into the real world and notice what others assume and make a joke by jumping to an unexpected meaning. Jokes come from shattering assumptions. Shatter.

In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 9: Notice Recurring Themes of Pop Culture, I’ll show how there are themes that run through everything in the media.

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• While writing this blog, I smoked a Hoyo de Nicaragua robusto cigar. Strong and satisfying.

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

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 never really know who you are and understand your own values and beliefs.

Have you ever argued for the opposite side of your political views?

To play this game: Disagree even when you agree. This can quickly get irritating, so do so with some discretion … or not. Pissing people off can really teach you how much others care about their opinions and beliefs. If you’re a theist, be an atheist. Dislike chocolate. Become the meat police. The average Joe avoids confrontation. Confront.

In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 8: Be Aware of Your Assumptions, I’ll show how assumptions are the doorway to writing jokes.

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• Every night, I state three things I’m grateful for. It just helps to remember how good life really is.

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

In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 5: Pay Attention to 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 Contradictions, I’ll show how comedians use everyday contradictions for comedy material.

Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 6: Find the 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.” On the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, he often presents news personalities contradicting their own opinions from one broadcast to the next.

To create a comedy class in your mind, you must first understand that everyone is a hypocrite. We all contradict ourselves when it’s convenient. Vegans do smoke cigarettes. PETA members use prescription drugs that are test on animals. When the authorities arrest and remove protesters from blocking an abortion clinic, those protesters scream that the government has no right to tell them what they can or cannot do with their own bodies.

This mental game is based on you searching for these contradictions. They are, in and of themselves, jokes. All you need to do is recognize and present them. Unfunny folks don’t find the contradictions of life. Find.

Did you know Mitt Romney’s family accepted welfare from the government?

In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 7: Be Playfully Contrary, I’ll show you how taking the opposite position against other people’s principles and beliefs can lead to comedy material, and sometimes arguments.

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• In the next month, April 2013, look for my redesigned website. stand-upcomedy.com

• Had an excellent humor theory discussion with my friend, Scott Meltzer. It’s always inspiring to get another point of view.

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

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.

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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• Free Stand-Up Comedy Class – Monday April 1st 2013 – Get on Confirmation List. gregdean@stand-upcomedy.com

• Getting ready to publish on LULU.com: Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy – Workbook Series. If you liked the information in my already published book, you’ll love this workbook series because all the techniques have exercise that make them easy to learn.

• While writing this blog, I smoke a Man’O’War Rumination cigar. Strong and tasty.

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

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 social 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 trends come about. Comics often recognize a forming trend and talk about it before it becomes a fully accepted trend. If you want to make jokes about topics that aren’t overdone, then you need to be aware of the trends that are about to “tip.” Are you the first to know or the last to know? Know.

Do you know the names of the super-tall buildings around the world?

To play this game, go on Youtube and check out the latest viral videos. Get on google and type in “trends.” Join Digg or StumblUpon to stay in touch with what’s happening. It’s kind of like what you’d imagine what the joke writers for Leno, Letterman, Fallen, etc. need to do every morning to write topical jokes for their clients. Spend 10 minutes every day investigating the latest trends and news or the internet. Comedians know what’s going on in the entire world.

In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 5: Pay Attention to History, where I’ll encourage you to play the game of learning about the past that affects you presently.

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