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Handling Heckler – Part 2

What mental state are you from?

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It’s helpful if you’ve read my blog Handling Hecklers – Part 1, as it explains some of the psychology. In this blog, Handling Hecklers – Part 2, I’ll explain three principles that can help you to maintain the correct state of mind to successfully keep yourself and your show within your control. Remain Playful When handling hecklers, no matter how strong your comments, they still must be in the spirit of fun. If it appears that you’re trying to hurt the heckler, the audience will turn against you because the hurt line has been crossed. Remember, whatever state you’re in, the audience is in. If you become mean and vengeful, the audience will become mean and vengeful. The heckler may be messing up your show, but you can always make it worse by attacking without



Beginner Stand Up Comedy Classes Los Angeles
Mon. May 22nd

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Go Ahead … Just Throw Away Your Funny Thoughts

Stupid is as stupid doesn't.

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  Gayla Johnson's Funny Thoughts “I took my white husband to a black arts festival. I forgot something about myself when I leaned to him and whispered, ‘We’re the only white people here.’” This joke gets a huge laugh in my wife, Gayla Johnson’s, stand-up comedy shows. But if she hadn’t written it on a napkin and tossed it into her random funny thoughts' basket, it would have disappeared into the ether without a laugh. Several months later she was searching for ideas to write a new stand-up comedy bit. She rummaged through that basket of funny thoughts and found the above joke. Would you walk down a busy street, take all the cash out of your



Lessons from Comedy for Business

Are you missing what's right in front of you?

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I’ve taught stand-up comedy for more than three decades. There are lessons I’ve learned about being funny that also apply to other aspects of life. But often we just don’t think to use them when we're not performing. For example, here’s something I teach my students: Do the show that’s in front of you … not the one in your head. I know this lesson very well because I remind my students of it in almost every class. Yet, I don’t always apply it in other contexts. Like the time I designed for my wife and me a wonderful week-long jaunt up the California coast, from Los Angeles to San Francisco. I’d spent a great deal of time on research and booking B&Bs, remote cabins, and cliff side hotels. Alas, when we got to our first stop, San Luis Obispo, the car broke down. It was on a Saturday evening. The closest car repair shop couldn’t get the required part until Monday and our car wouldn’t be fixed until Tuesday. I was upset and frustr



Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 3 – Greg Dean Comedy Tips 10

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  In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 2, I explained how understanding assumptions lead to uncovering more joke mechanisms. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 3, I’ll discuss the mechanism between the target assumption and reinterpretation, and how this lead to creating my original joke writing system The Joke Prospector. Greg Dean Comedy Tips 10: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 3 After a year of teaching joke structure wi



Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 2 – Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9

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  In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 8: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 1, I showed the process I went through to understand the assumption’s role in joke structure. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 2, I’ll explain how assumptions lead to uncovering corresponding joke mechanism in the punch. Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9:



Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 1 – Greg Dean Comedy Tips 8

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In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 7: Understanding Joke Misdirection - Part 3, I examined how misdirection works with Existing Information Jokes in the Immediate Environment. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 8: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 1, I’ll demonstrate the role of assumptions in all jokes. Greg Dean Comedy Tips 8: Assumptions and Joke Writing - Part 1 When I became a stand-up comedy teacher in 1982, I had a c



Joke Misdirection – Part 3 – Greg Dean Comedy Tip 7

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In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 6: Understanding Joke Misdirection – Part 2, I explained the role of misdirection in Common Knowledge Jokes. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 7: Understanding Joke Misdirection – Part 3, I’ll examine how misdirection works with Existing Information Jokes in the Immediate Environment. Greg Dean Comedy Tip 7:



Joke Misdirection – Part 2 – Greg Dean Comedy Tip 6

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  In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 5: Joke Misdirection - Part 1, I explained the role of misdirection in jokes. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 6: Joke Misdirection – Part 2, I’ll examine how misdirection works with Existing Information jokes from Common Knowledge. Greg Dean Comedy Tip 6: Understanding Misdirection – Part 2



Joke Misdirection – Part 1 – Greg Dean Comedy Tip 5

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  In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 4: Learn Joke Structure, I explained several advantages to knowing joke structure. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tip 5: Joke Misdirection - Part 1, I’ll examine the role of misdirection in the function of all jokes. Greg Dean Comedy Tip 5: Joke Misdirection - Part 1 Learn these joke misdirection techniques and more in Greg Dean's Stand-Up Comedy Classes Los Angeles. Click the logo and check out my Free stand-up comedy classes Los Angeles.



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