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The Profanity Issue Briefly Revisited

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

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I ran across a quote recently. It struck home so I’d like to share it with you.

“Profanity is a great shortcut of comedy and the reason I don’t use it is that I am concerned about the joke quality suffering.” – Jerry Seinfeld

If you’re wondering where this is from, I found it on an audio interview. You can purchase it here from amazon.

It took me about 500 words to say the same thing in a previous blog post. Thanks, Jerry.

 

SO… WHY DON’T YOU USE VULGAR MATERIAL?

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

There are a number of reasons of course… We don’t want to embarrass our clients and we feel magic should always be family friendly.

I was asked this recently. I hadn’t really thought about it too much so I was really caught off guard! I can honestly say that its never crossed my mind to use vulgarity in a show. I just never thought it was necessary! I was surprised when I didn’t have a good response to the question though…

Since that time I’ve put a lot of thought into it. I’d like to share those insights with you now.
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THE AMAZING MYSTERIOUS POWER OF THE NUMBER 3!

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Last time I promised you a super cool super secret way of phrasing any joke that increases its chances of success by a billion percent! I’m a man of my word, so I’m bringing it to you today!

The number three is a strange, powerful, and important number. I’m purposefully leaving all Douglas Adams jokes at the door. If the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything were truly a number it would be the number three. (more…)

 

THE 100% NO-FAIL WAY TO RECOVER FROM A BOMBED JOKE!

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Over the last couple of posts I’ve been tantalizing you with a PROVEN way to recover from any bombed joke! This will seem obvious once I explain it, but it’s a trick that the professionals use all the time.

Are you ready? Here it is. (more…)

 

DUDE… WE’VE ALL GOT A SUPERIORITY COMPLEX!!!

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

There are two pillars that support the house of comedy, surprise and superiority. We discussed surprise last time. Let’s move on to superiority today!

Welcome to the darker side of humanity. The truth is that everyone wants to feel superior to someone or something else. We laugh at other people because it makes us feel better about ourselves. Everyone, without exception, does this.
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THE MAGIC FORMULA OF COMEDY!

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

What if I told you that there was a magic formula you could use to make humor happen?

All comedy is a result of one of the following:

A.) Surprise
B.) Superiority

Today we’re discussing surprise. We’ll deal with superiority later.

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WHY IS STUFF FUNNY???

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

We love comedy. Not only is it important to our acts, but it’s part of our core business philosophy! The very name of our business makes people smile, which is of course what we’re going for!

Let’s face it; all of us have times where we NEED to be funny. Whether you’re preparing a presentation or just need to diffuse a tense situation having a good sense of humor is important!

The question is how? Not everyone is “born funny”. Most of us tend to think that humor is a “gift”. Kind of like being blessed with a good singing voice or a high IQ. (more…)

 
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