What’s your worst job???

In my keynote Finding the Funny in Change, I talk about asking funnier questions to get funnier answers. It’s a way of practicing humor. If you ask boring questions, you’ve got nothing to work with. I also do a quick exercise in which I ask people what was their worst job?

We’ve all had a bad job . . . not necessarily the one you have now, but maybe it was your first job. Mine was telemarketing! Here’s a few answers from some of my recent virtual keynotes.

Enjoy your weekend!

Jan

https://www.TheWorkLady.com – my main site

ComedyEmcee.com – my Master of Ceremonies site

https://www.HealthComedian.com – my health care keynote site

https://www.Joke-Writer.com – my joke writing site

Finding the Funny in Change humor keynote

Over 50 and F’ing Funny

Myself and comedian Frank King are starting a new podcast TODAY – Over 50 and F’ing Funny! We’re interviewing some of our comedian friends from the road who are, well, over 50. Some of these people have hit it big in comedy and some have not . . but they’re all funny!

Here’s the link to Spotify . . . we’ll be getting it out to other places soon.

Over 50 and F’ing Funny Podcast

We started this idea about 15 years ago . . originally it was titled Over 40 and F’ing Funny and we were going to pitch it to Comedy Central . . . but we got busy! The COVID times have given us time to work on projects. And since podcasts are big, we switched to that medium.

The comedians we interview have fun stories from the road, and we kick it off with a little taste of their humor. If you’re looking to write or perform comedy, then please check out the podcast here:

We’ll be syndicating it on all the usual podcasts platforms as well.

Thanks,

Jan

comedian podcast launches today – Over 50 and F’ing Funny

Master of Ceremony At-Home Studio

Working from home isn’t a new concept for comedians . . . we work from home to write the jokes. PERFORMING from home, is totally different though. I’ve always joked that I’d like to do the shows from my living room . . . and now I am. Here’s a quick peak of my home studio set-up. I’ve been booking emcee work along with my keynotes, and the clients really want to havea “production” feel to the show . . .so instead of being a talking head on Zoom, I put together a semi-stage in the garage.

Feel free to email me if you have questions or want to know what equipment I’m using. Also check out my Master of Ceremonies website below and also my main website.

https://www.TheWorkLady.com

https://www.ComedyEmcee.com

Master o Ceremonies studio set up
Fun emceeing in a studio set-up

Comedy Writing Gigs part 3

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Watching Comedy

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What Have You Laughed About Recently?

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Humor in Pain

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Take The Road Less Traveled

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Dialing For Dollars

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Judging Jokes

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Remembering Your Funny Jokes

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Improv Comedy

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A Comedian on Being Genuine

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Clean Comedy Pays Off

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Using Stock Jokes

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Joking with Small Groups

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Political Humor

I chatted on this comedy blog infrequently in the past couple of months. .  .okay not at all. I’ve been in the middle of some comedy projects that are exciting but taking more focus than I can handle. So for funny this week, I thought with all the politics...

LETTING GO!!

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Wedding Toast Jokes For Laughs

In previous blogs I’ve talked about using topical jokes to bring in some current humor, and I’ve got a great example of it. I’ve started writing topical jokes for a wedding toast website for the best man:...

Joking & Disasters

Okay, so the east coast now experienced what the west coast has been exposed to for years – EARTHQUAKES!!! I’m originally from VA now living in CA, so I had to laugh at all the “check ins”. . “are you okay???” that people were doing. I’ve woken up in my...