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

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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 Comedy History, I’ll explain how comedians use history as fodder for their jokes.

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

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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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