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.assumptions and joke writing Step by step to stand-up comedy classes los angeles santa monica class workshops schools

Greg Dean Comedy Tips 10:

Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 3

After a year of teaching joke structure with the target assumption and reinterpretation, I realized there was a mechanism between them. The next piece of the puzzle fell in place when I recognized at the center of every joke there was always one thing with two interpretations. I named this mechanism the connector. It was these two interpretations of one thing that created a joke’s twist. The target assumption was the expected interpretation of the connector and the reinterpretation was the unexpected interpretation of the same connector. My model of joke structure had come together.

As a stand-up comedy teacher, I experimented with these three mechanisms searching for a way to teach joke writing. Through trial and error I developed an original joke writing system, The Joke Prospector. I could teach anyone to understand and write jokes. This process became my foundation for teaching and documenting the fundamental techniques of using assumptions and joke writing and performing stand-up comedy.assumptions and joke writing Greg Dean Comedy stand-up comedy classes los angeles and santa monica take comedy class

For the next twenty-five years, technique after technique jumped out at me. Sometimes they came to me faster than I could completely understand them and write them down. Every breakthrough changed my curriculum. I was systematically teaching these new techniques so anyone could learn and practice them. Over the years this continuous process helped me present the fundamentals of assumptions and joke writing and performing stand-up comedy in my book, Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy.

In my next blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 11: Setups and Audiences, I’ll explain how setups affect an audience’s mind.

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Greg Dean Comedy Tips 10:

Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 3

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Comments 1

  1. Hi Greg, I really enjoy the video on this page. I have listened to it multiple times. I have read many comedy books and gone to comedy conferences and not heard the principle of your real inner voice. The struggle I have is that I do improv stand up comedy. I stand up in front of the mike and rant on the things that flow into my mind- stream of consciousness stuff. I have gotten angry comments from other stand up comedians who insist I must memorize sets and do jokes that way. I am not wired that way. Can you recommend any improv stand up comedy/stream of conscious training resources?
    Thanks for your time.
    Rev. John Paul Peters

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