This is a very cool little graphic that shows how comedians make their money. It’s a reminder to me how awesome and good at everything comedians are – and definitely some of the hardest working people I know.
A TedEd Video About How To Write Comedy
So this video starts out saying,
“Did you ever notice how many jokes start with “Did you ever notice?” And what’s the deal with “What’s the deal?” There’s a lot of funny to be found simply by noticing the ordinary, everyday things you don’t ordinarily notice every day.”
And I was like “Whoa! How did they know that this joke I’m working on right now starts out with ‘what’s the deal with dolphins?’ What are the chances?! This person must know a thing or two about comedy.”
Other things I noticed about this video:
- it shares a lot of advice about asking questions, being specific, archetypes, surprise, mind mapping, observation vs. imagination, character, story, rule of 3, punch lines, and k words, but I feel like it leaves out the most important thing: get on stage
- the bunny helps me follow along
The video is written and narrated by Cheri Steinkellner, an Emmy-award-winning comedy writer.
Mike Lawrence Comedy Advice
Here’s a fantastic, pretty brief list of advice from New York City comedian Mike Lawrence on starting out in New York.
I’ve seen Mike Lawrence performing all over New York. He still comes to open mics once in a while to try out new stuff even though he’s a working comic who writes for Inside Amy Schumer, which I think is cool. He takes it seriously.
Here’s a great Modern Comedian video about him, too.
Chris Gethard On Why He Stayed In NYC Instead Of Heading To L.A.
This is a fantastic piece in a series of articles that are being written about NYC and L.A. comedy this week in Vulture.
I know nothing about the comedy scene in L.A. (okay not nothing), but my sister does live there and I’ve visited several other times, too. And from what Gethard says about the two locations…well, I can’t help but agree with him. New York is awesome! I don’t like L.A. right now. Does that mean I’ll stay in NY forever like him? I donno. But I can certainly hop on board with the NY lovin’.
One thing I definitely don’t get about L.A. is that even though you abbreviate NYC like this: NYC, you abbreviate L.A. like this: L.A.. That doesn’t make any sense! Look how clunky those two periods look next to one another! I’m not even sure I did that right…either way, it’s confusing! Come on, L.A.! Efficiency! Take those gosh darn periods out of there. No one will confuse you with Louisiana. I don’t know why you’re insecure about that; you’re much more popular than LA.
Anyways, Chris Gethard is awesome. The way I remember how to spell his last name is that it spells “get hard.” There can’t be a cooler person than that! You can see more of him on The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion.
BTDubs, the picture of Gethard I used was taken at The Creek and the Cave, which I go to pretty much every day.
Jim Norton Quote On Comedy & Art
I found this quote from Norton a little while ago and I think it’s definitely an interesting thought. On one hand I agree, but on the other hand I don’t want to be whiny and all, “COMEDY IS AN ART TAKE IT SERIOUSLY!!!” Because you can’t take it too seriously. It’s comedy!
“Why is comedy the only form of the arts where people think they have to agree with or approve the content? You don’t walk through a museum with a towel and throw it over paintings you don’t like.”
This quote is from Jim Norton’s special American Degenerate. Jim Norton is great because he’s one of the main voices on this subject. He’s also one of the only more political comics who I find really funny.
Gilbert Gottfried AMA
Yesterday, Gilbert Gottfired did an AMA on Reddit. If you’re a fan of funny, it’s worth looking at. I got a few chuckles out of it.
StandUpTalk Is Great
I found this website and it’s very lovely. It’s got interviews, videos, and news about comedy…and what more could you ask for? A lot, but that’s because you’re not being grateful. Grateful should be spelled greatful not grateful. It just sounds like it means “full of grates.” That doesn’t sound too pleasant.
Anyways, here’s a good little article about Brent Morin to give you a taste of their lovely work at StandUpTalk, which I believe is run out of The Comedy Store in LA. Looking…looking…I think that’s true.
Regardless, they have some great stuff if you’re a comedy fan. Going on the Things I Like.
The State Of Comedy In 2016: Is This A Diamond Age Of Comedy? – The Interrobang
Well hey this is a pretty exciting article because it makes me go, “Oh wow, maybe I really can be a comedian!” Whoever wrote this (Debra Kessler) is pretty darn optimistic about the state of comedy. And I say, I say she’s convinced me. And also convinced me that I need Seeso.
Kessler actually wrote the article about the views of Brian Volk-Weiss, the President of Comedy Dynamics. But either way, I’m on board. Great read. I learned a lot. That’s all I’m gonna say.
Jon Huck Loses His Pants – This Is Not Happening
I mentioned Ari Shaffir’s show This Is Not Happening a while back, but I never showed it in its true glory. It’s basically a story-telling show where comics get up and share stories centered on a particular theme.
I stumbled across this video of Jon Huck, a comedian I hadn’t heard of before, and it’s one of the funniest stories I’ve heard. It’s long, but it’s worth the wait. It just shows how awesome the show is, because you’ve got great, well-known comedians like Kyle Kinane, Joe Rogan, and Iliza Shlesinger who appear on the show, but you also have a lot of comics who most people haven’t heard of – and every single one of them are just fantastic stories.
I had to share this one because Huck makes a backhanded shoutout to Naperville, Illinois (my hometown neighbors!) and also because it’s a story about Oktoberfest and the half German in me came out and was like, “yeah!!!” You can follow Jon Huck on Twitter here.
Watch all the great stories here on YouTube.
The Best Rides At Disney World To Get Fingered On
This is a funny piece that was published in The Establishment and written by another very funny NYC comedian I’ve seen around a lot, Liz Magee.
In case you couldn’t tell, it’s very silly. Funny stuff – check it out!