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Go for Gabes teaching if you're serious about writing/performing comedy! He has lots of experience and has inspired me to write comedy. He's one of the few people that I talk to on this board and has helped me out time and time again. I plan on mixing magic and stand-up comedy and putting together a great show really soon. Look forward to talkin' more shop sometime, Gabe!

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How does character help your comedy? I ask because I just saw a magic show that was 90% character and 10% magic - and very funny.
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There were some great comedy tips in here. Hopefully everyone was taking notes! That book was awesome!
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Glad to help -- Now offering classes in MN. Both for beginners and for performers!
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On 2011-02-02 20:52, Andrew Zuber wrote:
Obviously it's all relative and what's funny to one person may not be funny to the next,

Beat me to the punch (no pun intended).

I don't find Robin Williams particular funny but I think Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are a riot. I don't find Bill Malone funny but love Tom Mullica.

Additionally, In my mind, I find some things "humorous" and other things "funny". To me, there is a BIG difference in the two.
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On 2011-03-21 18:38, Comedy Writer wrote:
How does character help your comedy? I ask because I just saw a magic show that was 90% character and 10% magic - and very funny.


It makes more sense to me to say that character drives the comedy. For example, Both Jeff Hobson and Max Maven get laughs, but they are different kinds of laughs and occur for different reasons. Max Maven imitating Hobson's act (and vice versa) would be very unlikely to work (though it would be ironic).

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Good point. I would argue that every successful performer has a distinct, memorable character.

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Anyone keeping a notebook of comedy ideas...?
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On 2011-07-14 12:18, Comedy Writer wrote:
Anyone keeping a notebook of comedy ideas...?


Yes. Someone must be; I'm certain of it.

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I have books, notebooks, digital audio recordings and post its with ideas that will eventually go in books,notebooks or recordings...or into the trash.

When an audience gets to know your character,(either during a show or a repeat gig) it can get them to expect things. That can lead to laughter or when you switch it up on them (can you say rule of 3) you can surprise them.(if it fits your character.

Some characters can break the 4th wall. Others create characters to bounce things off..In my case..sometimes (well often) it is a puppet.

A mix of the serious and the funny can work..When Max M used to (or may still) open the show with a great pause..and then say into the mic "Boo".

Just finished the 1st of 4 workshops for 7th graders on comedy and puppetry. Writing and ad libs make a great combination. An example of the later...Nigel was asked to do a imitation of a chicken...He went AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH. I said what was that. Nigel replied the chicken just got hired at KFC. The written joke would have him saying "AAAAAAAAFLACK" It was a rare true adlib..that popped into "his"/my brain.

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Besides always striving to try a least one new small bit or prepared line at every show, I make it a point to improvise as much as possible. This isn't always easy because on a paid show you want to be your best and too many adlibs can be risky. Nevertheless, at times, when the response is good to an adlib I will push more comments in that direction and it has lead to routines that have become permanent fixtures in my show. I guess you would call it writing on stage.
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Some of my best bits were created as true adlibs. Now the "trick" is to have them seen as adlibs each time. Can you say acting?


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I know one pro who uses a flip cam to record every show -- and many, many stand-ups who use their phones to record their sets -- to capture ad libs. ( Use the " voice notes" feature)

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Although I don't always record every show, when I don't I'm bound to miss something. Listening to my recording on the way home is a ritual with me. Every now and then some of the funniest adlibs come from something said by the audience. I'm not proud, if it's good it becomes part of my script and I use it forever.
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Is there interest in an on-line comedy writing class for magicians?
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Or a list of resources? books, sites, classes etc?
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Here's a question -- how often do you refresh your script? Do you add new material or topical references?

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And is there interest in on-line classes or individual coaching for performers/ magicians?

Assuming such a class, what would you like to see covered?
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New classes in Jan
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Study the masters in comedy like you would in magic. For me it's (was) Carson, Rickles, Sales, Costello, Allen, etc. That said, the internet has so much funny material on it that I've found many jokes/bits to incorporate in my show.
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