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Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 3: Investigate Things You Dislike

In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 2: Be Aware of the Details, I asked you to play a game where you notice the details of all of things you take for granted. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 3: Investigate Things You Dislike, I’ll ask you to put yourself into situations you find deplorable to hone your negative opinions.

Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 3: Investigate Things You Dislike

Comedians’ jokes are based on telling the audience what’s wrong with the world. So, you need to get to know all the things you’d normally avoid. Know thy enemy. Everything you find upsetting is a potential premise for material. Instead of avoiding unpleasant situations, you need to actively seek them. Volunteer for jury duty. Help someone move. Dance alone in a plaza. Others don’t do what they don’t want to do. Choose to do.

Have you ever sat and talked with a homeless person?

To do this game, make a list of things you’d normally avoid, and then put yourself into these uncomfortable situations. For instance, if you normally watch the liberal news MSNBC, choose to watch the conservative Fox News, or visa versa. This will make you confront your values and why you have them. They’ll be reinforced or they’ll change because you’re getting new information from a different perspective.

In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 4: Know the Latest Trends, I’ll prescribe a game where you’ll notice the latest trends, so you can be ahead of the crowd.

BTW

• For comics in Los Angeles, check out the once-a-month comedy show at the Canoga Bowl produced by my student Luigi DeTone.

• Just made plans to revamp my website. Stay tuned!

• While writing this blog, I smoked a real Cuban Cohiba cigar. Illegal, which made it even tastier.

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Greg Dean

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Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 2: Be Aware of the Details

In my last 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.

BTW

• 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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Greg Dean

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Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 1: Notice What Others Miss

In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 1: Notice What Others Miss, I’ll introduce the concept of how to create comedy classes in your mind so you can think like a comedian.

Comedians write comedy about everything. Great comedians are voraciously curious and aware of everything. To find original material, comedians investigate their own psychology and honest opinions about world around them. The average person is living in their head…and it’s sublet.

To help you create the mental habits of comedians and create comedy classes in your mind, I’ll offer a series of games you can play on and off during the day. Only through continual practice do these games become mental habits. The more you play, the more you’ll find excellent ideas for writing comedy.

Lesson 1: Notice What Others Miss

When you hear a familiar phrase, but you have no idea what it means. Learn its meaning and origin. Begin with these phrases: “Down to the bitter end,” “Sold up the river,” “The real McCoy.” You may know their implied meaning, but do you know their actual meaning and origin? The average person doesn’t care. Care.

Do you know what etymology means?

The question above is a starting point to get you to investigate all the obvious tidbits of information that everyone takes for granted. By noticing what others miss you’re rehearsing the habits of the comic mind and creating comedy classes you can do for free.

BTW

• Free Comedy Classes – Monday April 1st…really. To get on the confirmation list email gregdean@stand-upcomedy.com

• Beginner Stand-Up Comedy Classes – Monday April 8th. Learn the fundamentals of joke writing and performance.

• Check out my website: ijokewriting.com and learn how to write a joke in less than two minutes.

Take Comedy Classes,

Greg Dean

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