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Professional stand up comic Lisa Corrao shares her insights on how to achieve originality in stand up comedy and how to write ...
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On behalf of TVlesson.com, I’m Lisa Corrao. I’m a standup comedian, lisacorrao.com. Okay, we’re going to talk about writing your own comedy material, writing jokes, I mean it’s the most important part about being a comedian. Now again, you have to be original. Everyone else in the club, or wherever you’re performing, they watch comedy central too okay. Don’t just rework someone else’s jokes. That’s the whole idea of doing comedy that it’s your material, it’s supposed to be, okay. Biggest kiss of death in comedy, doing someone else’s material, you’ll be called a hack and people will hate you. Okay so, got to write down your material. Here’s some basic, I can’t tell you how to be funny okay. That’s up to you but writing jokes, okay, here’s what I do. I write down every single idea that I get, sometimes it’s not funny, sometimes it’s incomplete, sometimes I have no idea what I was thinking at the time, I look back at my notebook, and I’ll be like baked potatoes comedy gold, what was I thinking of? It doesn’t matter, write down everything, you might think of it later how to finish it of or whatever. Also, maybe carry a voice recorder around with you, you can say the jokes with your voice recorder and I don’t know, maybe you’ll have a funny act out to go with it too. That’s like, if you’re doing a character or something like that. Your basic joke is a setup, a punch line, that’s the funny part, and then maybe a tag. A tag is like another punch line on the same joke okay, and tags are great because you already set it up, you already done the hard work, get to the funny part, okay. So lots of tags are great. After you’ve written down your jokes, you got to try it on the stage. That’s the only way to know if it’s funny or not. And the thing is, once you try out a joke, it might not work the first time. So what you got to do is to try it on stage, record yourself in some way and then you keep writing that joke. You can add to it, maybe some track from it, make that joke awesome by wicking it. So you got to do jokes a bunch of times before it’s actually done. And those are the basics to writing a joke. On behalf of TVlesson.com, this is Lisa Corrao, thanks for watching.