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Wednesday, December 12, 2001 @ 23:35 | 3 challenges

The mechanics of stand-up comedy

I took a recommendation yesterday and ventured downtown for a night in the arms of amateur stand-up comedy. Most jokes went like this:

  1. Seemingly unfunny story unfolds
  2. A second of pause (dazed look or quirky smile optional)
  3. Missing piece that makes unfunny story funny is supplied
  4. Laugh collection (amount depending on timing, story quality, and surprise factor of the point)
I'm not complaining; simplicity works in comedy as well. I'll be going next tuesday, maybe even friday also (pro night). The most succesful guy of the evening, however, was the one who added more to the mix: A guitar. Different isn't auto-bliss, but the odds are better.

Challenge the Loud Thinking
Challenge by Jan @ 12/13/2001 01:26

You should try "Fortællekompagniet".

Kulkafeen next Thursday @ 20.00 CET.

Definately something you shouldn't miss...

Challenge by Phil Wolff @ 12/18/2001 09:11

So, when do you step up to the mike?

Challenge by David @ 01/04/2002 02:38

I might just do that - some day.

(Disclaimer: "Some day" in this context likely to mean never)

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