With the advent of Internet, the meme culture and standup comedy culture has blasted in the last few years.

Internet has not only enabled the reach via social networks,

  • People could try out different material not only cheaply but also with the ease of a click.
  • The showoff of facebook check-ins and instagram stories have acted as catalyst in the expansion of the gig culture.

Gags I found funny (likeness is subjective):

Comedians are writers

  • Most of their process is shaped by their character/personality.
  • Their aim is to get max amount of laughter in their set, in every part. They explore evert part, play around different tracks, hoping to suck on every funny thought on and around it.
  • They develop their show by practice, by testing their material in open mics. Comics tune their lines, timings, delivery etc by constantly replaying the show in their head.
  • Apart from writing jokes, they also write comebacks (funny mostly). That is how they are instantaneous. Comebacks to what? Jokes that can go wrong, Audience replies, etc. Every word they say can be turned upon them. They even have some default humorous replies.

Joke Structure:

  • Setup
  • Punchline

Comedy Rules

  • The first rule of being funny is to be funny.
    Funny could be your writing, your delivery, or even your body language. Find it, work on it. Bring different elements to your performance.

  • Always address the “elephant” in the room.

  • Whenever someone is expecting the most obvious reply/statement, don’t reply them with that one, reply the exact opposite of their expectation. The reply might sound stupid but the unexpected becomes funny (breaks serious tempo, definitely catches attention).

    This can also be done with the intention of saying something and meaning something else, basically sarcasm (sarcasm is saying or agreeing to something but the tone or expression implies the opposite).

  • EXAGGGGGGGERATE
    Always go for extreme exaggeration, make it look so ridiculous that it becomes funny. “Comedy is saying something outrageous then justifying it” - Jerry Seinfeld

Types/Genres

  • Crowd work
  • Anecdotal
  • Improv
  • Comedy of error
  • Slapstick
  • Carricature
  • Satire
    • Satire is both genre and a literary device that holds human nature up to criticism and scorn. It is often political in focus but does not have to be. In literature, writers use irony, humor, and exaggeration to create successful satire.
    • Four elements of satire:
      • Exaggeration
      • In congruity
      • Reversal
      • Parody
    • Political satire at its best
  • Comedy of Errors
  • Comedy Caricatures
  • Slapstick Comedy

Good Reads/Watches

49 minutes of discussion about comedy, featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Louis CK:

The process of writing jokes by different comics https://www.journeyofajoke.com/