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Ten tips for better comic delivery

Last summer I went to the Edinburgh Fringe, a world renowned comedy festival. I watched the semi finals of So you think you’re funny, a high profile competition where fledgling stand up comedians were performing their best seven minutes. Some of the comedians were fantastic, some not so great.  I was struck that many of the [...]
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Writing for stand up part 3: Refining Jokes

If you read the last two articles in this series you may have written something that resembles a joke. If you’re still at the ideas stage try fitting one into the setup/punch format discussed earlier. Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem very funny. We’ll try and whip it into shape. The process of refining an [...]
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Writing for stand up part 2: Having funny ideas

This is the second installment of a series about writing  stand up comedy material. Read Writing for stand up part 1: What is a joke?. The third and final part is coming soon. A joke subverts an assumption. A comedian must identify or create assumptions and then surprise the audience by veering off in another [...]
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