March 29, 2018

In the last few lessons we've been exploring transpositions. Let's end this exploration on personification. Also known as anthropomorphism, this is where something from the human world is transposed into the non-human. Here is a personification gag from Steven Wright t...

March 22, 2018

In the previous lesson we discussed transpositions. We’re going to develop this idea and look at a common comic effect that can be achieved through such transpositions: bathos. We have already discussed the simple form of this: essentially build it up/ knock it down. T...

March 16, 2018

In the previous lesson I discussed the importance of going beyond what actually happened, and going into playful speculation. In your stand-up, don’t just talk about things you actually know about. Speculate about things you don’t! This can be a big part of the funnine...

March 10, 2018

Comedy, and all creativity, begins with questions. What takes you into comic territory, rather than literary or dramatic territory, is that your answers are absurd. In stand-up writing we are asking questions and coming up with playful answers. This is effectively play...

March 2, 2018

A stand-up will send me a video of their set and I will watch it, meeting them subsequently to discuss my observations on their material and performance, and how both might be improved and developed. One of the key areas I am looking for in performance is, as you might...

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