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Gregg Tobo
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Can anyone recommend a good source of topical humor? I'm looking for original one-liners and quips for today's Headline news.

I have been investigating some Radio Prep services, but many tend to rely heavily on Wierd News (Undigested Tennis Show Found in Teenagers Stomach!), rather than Headline news.

I am developing a memory act in which the audience calls out page numbers from Newsweek magazine, and I tell them what's on each page.

My sense of humor is somewhat underdeveloped, and I'd like to add humor to make a tedious process, more entertaining.

Any suggestions on a source for topical humor?

Thanks,

Gregg Tobo
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I'd recommend watching The Tonight Show - Leno is a master at topical humor, and from watching his style, I've learned to come up with some of my own material when I read the news.
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Gregg,
I did a quick Google search and came up with a couple of hits hope they help!
http://halife.com
http://www.praning.com/forum/forumdisplay/f-12.html
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Life is a system of circumstance presented coincidently in an illusory way.
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Greg,
You write, "Can anyone recommend a good source of topical humor? I'm looking for original one-liners and quips for today's Headline news."

If anyone recommends a source, then it's NOT original, is it?

Canned patter, and that includes canned comedy, sounds to an audience exactly like what it is: Canned.

Work on your own sense of humor. You say yours in "underdeveloped", which means that you realize it CAN be developed; do so, rather than relying on lines that aren't really funny for anyone other than the originator.

And, if your memory act is, in fact, "tedious" as you say, then work on livening up the presentation.

Finally, if you insist on using canned material, go to a search engine like Google and look up the stuff on your own!
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I agree with Peter canned is just that. Another tip is listen to as many different comedians as pos.
IMHO Jay Leno is far from funny.
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On 2003-10-31 08:01, Gregg Tobo wrote:
Can anyone recommend a good source of topical humor? I'm looking for original one-liners and quips for today's Headline news.

I have been investigating some Radio Prep services, but many tend to rely heavily on Wierd News (Undigested Tennis Show Found in Teenagers Stomach!), rather than Headline news.

I am developing a memory act in which the audience calls out page numbers from Newsweek magazine, and I tell them what's on each page.

My sense of humor is somewhat underdeveloped, and I'd like to add humor to make a tedious process, more entertaining.

Any suggestions on a source for topical humor?

Thanks,

Gregg Tobo


I would recommend "Sleight Of Mouth by Harry Allen"

you can get it here for $18.00
http://themagicwarehouse.com/booksge7.html#bk8087

Gary
P.S. this is what part of the alphabet would look like if "Q" and "R" were eleminated
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Peter Marucci
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Wait a minute! Wait a minute!
I want to hear more about the teenager that ate the "tennis show"!
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I recommend:
http://www.newsoftheweird.com/
http://www.theonion.com/

Great sources for funny stories... The jokes should just come to you. If you try to make a joke or pun out of every story, you might come up with some pretty good ones on your own.
Daniel Faith
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I am jumping on the magic wagon with the canned patter. Try to avoid it. It is possible to blend it in with your own but original is best.
Get your ideas from news, your life, or whatever.
Keep a note pad handy to jot down notes when you get ideas. They are very easy to forget.
Read books on comedy. There are many out there. Just go to your local library and you will find lots.
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Steve Martin said to put a piece of bologna in each of your shoes. That way when you walk out on stage - you feel funny
Steve Hoffman
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And remember this . . .

There is a big, big difference between a performer who says funny things . . . and a performer who says things funny!!!

If you've known a joke that made you laugh when you heard it, and made your buddies laugh when you told it to them at a party, but that fell flat when presented to an audience over a microphone, you've experienced that difference.

Steve Hoffman
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