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Improv comedy course journal: week 3

This is an account of the third week of a six week improv comedy course run by The National Comedy Theater in San Diego. Read about week 1 and week 2. We began our third lesson with Zip, Zap, Zop, and quickly moved onto Zoom, Schwarts, Pofigliano. We added the rules: “Murph” everyone responds with “ahh”; and “Twisler” which [...]
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Improv comedy course journal: week 1

On Saturday morning I attended the first session of a six week improv comedy course run by The National Comedy Theater in San Diego. I should point out here that improv comedy is different to stand up comedy. People often get them confused. Stand up is usually pre-written and involves a single person being funny [...]
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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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