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.

BTW

• Greg Dean’s Beginner Stand-Up Comedy Classes begin April 8, 2013. Sit in for free. gregdean@stand-upcomedy.com

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

• While writing this blog, I smoked a real Cuban Cohiba cigar. Excellent.

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