Monthly Archives: August 2014

Dane Cook: Rough Around The Edges

In his second Stand-Up special, Dane Cook takes on his childhood, pregnancy and other routine matters.  Recorded at New York’s Madison Square Garden in front of 20,000 people, Dane Cook made the crowd laughed hysterically.

While critics think Dane Cook lives only on his stardom and most of his jokes fail make audience laugh, he did some great comedy in ‘Rough around the edges’.

His best joke in this stand up was about a website which shows the sex offenders in your area. “You click on a dot and it shows you a little picture, and then under the picture — stats! Like a rapist’s baseball card. And if you collect all nine rapists, there’s a puzzle on the back. There’s a rickety-van puzzle on the back with a clown holding a glass dildo.”

Talking about some Benson farm where his dad never took him and he would instead say ‘Benson farm isn’t going anywhere’. ‘Whenever my dad is sick and he asks me to take him to hospital, I’ll say come on, dad. Hospital isn’t going anywhere’. Not stopping just there, he says “I’ll take him to a place and say here is the hospital and when he asks where is it? I’m gonna say this is where Benson used to be”.

I found most of his jokes quite unfunny and he failed to make me laugh but audience did laugh hard. Some of his jokes were so funny that they mad people role on floor, laughing their lungs off.

 

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Dane Cook: Rough Around The Edges

In his second Stand-Up special, Dane Cook takes on his childhood, pregnancy and other routine matters.  Recorded at New York’s Madison Square Garden in front of 20,000 people, Dane Cook made the crowd laughed hysterically.

While critics think Dane Cook lives only on his stardom and most of his jokes fail make audience laugh, he did some great comedy in ‘Rough around the edges’.

His best joke in this stand up was about a website which shows the sex offenders in your area. “You click on a dot and it shows you a little picture, and then under the picture — stats! Like a rapist’s baseball card. And if you collect all nine rapists, there’s a puzzle on the back. There’s a rickety-van puzzle on the back with a clown holding a glass dildo.”

Talking about some Benson farm where his dad never took him and he would instead say ‘Benson farm isn’t going anywhere’. ‘Whenever my dad is sick and he asks me to take him to hospital, I’ll say come on, dad. Hospital isn’t going anywhere’. Not stopping just there, he says “I’ll take him to a place and say here is the hospital and when he asks where is it? I’m gonna say this is where Benson used to be”.

I found most of his jokes quite unfunny and he failed to make me laugh but audience did laugh hard. Some of his jokes were so funny that they mad people role on floor, laughing their lungs off.

 

Ways to Not Fail at Stand-Up Comedy

I have wanted to write on Stand-Up comedy ever since I got into it. Stand-Up comedy is not as easy as it seems. It requires lot of confidence and hard work. Speaking funny on stage is very difficult, especially when your aim is to make a crowd laugh. I’ll tell you some ways to avoid sucking at Stand-Up Comedy.

Choose the Material According to Your Crowd

The first thing you need to understand is that every crowd is different, and every crowd has its own demands. Being a Stand-Up Comedian, you will face elder crowd, younger crowd, dumb crowd or intellectual crowd. So, your comedy material must be according to your crowd. You will have to tailor the jokes, accordingly. I’m not sure if you’ll like it. Many people want to do, whatever they want. For example, you mustn’t make fun of blondes, if most of your audience consists of them. It may offend them.

Cover up Your Failure Strongly

You might have been practicing at your home for the great occasion, and you might have thought all your jokes would make the audience laugh, but in reality, that is not usually the case. If ever, you fail to get good laugh for any of your jokes, you should have a comeback joke in your kitty. One more thing, if the audience doesn’t find you funny, never blame it. Instead, just say “Oh that was silly”. This acceptance may fetch you some good laughs.

Never Become Harsh with Your Audience

Try your best, not to be harsh with the audience. Don’t pretend to be edgy in front of the crowd. They don’t generally like it. But, if your fame is of an angry comedian, you can do that, because, in that case, people have to see you rant.

Don’t Get Too Much Drunk

Most of the comedy clubs have bars, and drinking there will be a ‘must-do’. You must not drink too much that you lose your senses. Stand-Up Comedy is not something that you can do, even when you aren’t in your senses. All your preparation will go in vain if get drunk, so try to avoid getting overindulged.

Louis C.K. – The Best Comedian Today

Louis Szekely, commonly known as Louis C.K. comes from American-Mexican background. He is a renowned comedian, screen writer, film director, actor and film editor. He is the brains behind one of the most popular FX shows, Louie. He innovate the idea of selling tickets of his shows, direct to his fans. He has been nominated for different awards for over 30 times.

Louis C.K. rose to fame, mainly because of his amazing way of doing observational comedy. He is pretty good at Black and blue comedy.

Though Louis C.K. is said to be the best comedian of his times but he has the charisma which makes him into the list of best comedians of all times. The one factor which distinguishes him from other comedians is his versatility. His shows are very unpredictable. His humor can be gross or clean. It’s quite simple.

To watch his shows, click here.

 

Louis C.K. – The Best Comedian Today

Louis Szekely, commonly known as Louis C.K. comes from American-Mexican background. He is a renowned comedian, screen writer, film director, actor and film editor. He is the brains behind one of the most popular FX shows, Louie. He innovate the idea of selling tickets of his shows, direct to his fans. He has been nominated for different awards for over 30 times.

Louis C.K. rose to fame, mainly because of his amazing way of doing observational comedy. He is pretty good at Black and blue comedy.

Though Louis C.K. is said to be the best comedian of his times but he has the charisma which makes him into the list of best comedians of all times. The one factor which distinguishes him from other comedians is his versatility. His shows are very unpredictable. His humor can be gross or clean. It’s quite simple.

To watch his shows, click here.

 

How to Develop a Sense of Humor

The key to making new friends and look more amiable is your sense of humor. Here are some tips for you to develop a good sense of humor.

Observe what is happening around you. Keener, an observer you are, funnier will be your thoughts and better will be your sense of humor.

Start talking more often. A pretty obvious reason behind you not having good sense of humor must be your shyness. Get mingled with your friends, both male and female. You’ll get the exposure you need to develop a sense of humor.

Visit websites like Laugh Factory for some witty jokes and exceptionally funny standup comedies by comedians from all over the world. You’ll get a pretty good idea of how to make a good joke.

You must have that one friend who makes everyone laugh their lungs off. Ask him for some tips on how to be funny. He sure will guide you.

Now try cracking jokes in your friends. All of them may not work in the start and people may think you’re unfunny but don’t get disheartened. Keep trying.

One of the reasons you don’t have a good sense of humor must be that you take everything too seriously. Lighten up your mood. Take things a little lightly.

I’m sure, by following these steps; you’ll be able to develop a pretty good sense of humor. Good luck!

 

Pros and Cons of Stand-up comedy

Stand-Up comedy is one of the best ways to get entertained. Nothing beats watching a Stand-Up comedian live in front of you, joking about Barrack Obama’s face or George Carlin making fun of American foreign policies. Stand-Up Comedy is different from movies and sitcoms because the comedy is all natural and the comedian has to make funny jokes, on the spot. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of Stand-Up comedy today.

One of the biggest advantages of Stand-Up comedy is that your jokes are applauded by the audience, right in front of your eyes. The feedback is immediate. Either the audience liked your jokes or not, you’ll get to know at the spot. In best case, you will be cheered and applauded but in worst case, you may face scornful comments. A risk of flying fruits and vegetables is always there.

The other advantage of Stand-Up comedy is that you don’t have to act in front of a camera which means; even a camera shy person can become a Stand-Up comedian. But again, there are disadvantages. A Stand-Up comedian has the continuous pressure of producing fresh jokes to vow the audience. He is always under enormous pressure of coming up with fresh content so that audience’s interest isn’t lost.

If you’re a Stand-Up comedian, you should get ready to travel a lot. If you’re a travel junkie, this Stand-Up comedy will be bliss but if you don’t like travelling, you need to reconsider your profession.

Unlike movies and sitcoms, Stand-Up comedians don’t get fixed pays. It all depends on the turn out to their shows. Lower the rate of ticket sales, lower will be the reward but if a comedian succeeds in attracting a big audience, he’ll rake in huge profits.

 

FOUR COMMON MISTAKES IN STAND UP COMEDY ACTS

Stand up comedy is a demanding profession, as it demands your time and effort. You have to work very hard to make your place in this field. . When you begin your career as a stand up comedian, there are some points that you should keep in mind to make sure that you do not commit any common mistake that the newbies are likely to make.

Only because you think you are funny does not necessarily means that the audience will think the same for you. It is hard to perform in front of an unknown audience. You have to read the mind of the people sitting in front of you to know what can actually make them burst into laughter. It is this uncertainty about your act to meet the demands of the audience that makes this field thrilling yet difficult. You never know what will be the response of the crowd, hence, your act may go completely flat or even become an instant success.

Some beginners think that a well-written content is all they need to make their act a complete hit and get the desired response from the audience. This is not true. Presentation, delivery techniques, and timing are more crucial in a stand up comedy act. A good written content can be ruined by weak delivery and presentation. However, a weak joke or short story can surely be lifted with the help of strong delivery and solid presentation. The audience sees and hears you, so the funnier you look and sound, the better it will be for your performance.

The importance of body language is often overlooked by beginners. Stand up comedians are free to move around and make use of their body language to entertain the crowd. This is an important feature of stand up comedy. Therefore, newbies should always pay attention on their body language including rise and fall in voice pitch, facial expressions, gestures, and vocal tones. You can improve your non-verbal communication skills by watching stand up comedy videos online. Watch how big comedians make use of their body language and probes to give a laughter packed performance.

Many beginners neglect the power of rehearsals. It is a very common mistake made by them. You should never be over confident and always do as much practice as you can. A well-rehearsed act is the key to get maximum laughter from the audience.

You must have good level of interest in you topics of your performance. Make sure that you have some background knowledge about them. This is important because your selection of topic is definitely going to influence the quality of your material.