Humor Article “Making Crap Up”

A LOT of people ask me how to get started in the comedy and keynote speaking business. I always take time to share my path with them. BUT I also always preface my tips with “I’ll tell you, but you’re probably not going to do it.” I don’t say that to be mean, I say it because this business is HARD. And hard usually has a lot of people running in the other direction.

Doing this job, or really any job, usually takes a lot of work and many, many different paths. In my humor news article this quarter, I touch on one of the secrets to my success. There really isn’t one path to success in most jobs, it’s slightly different for everyone.

So take a 2 minute humor break and read “Making Crap Up: The Key to Success” Just looking at the title . . .maybe you can relate!

Here’s my newsletter article. Check it out.

About Jan

I’ve written for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show monologue as well as many other people, places, and groups – radio, TV, syndicated cartoon strips, and even guests on the Jerry Springer show (my parents are proud). For 26+ years I’ve traveled country as a keynote speaker and comedian sharing my unique and practical tips on what business leaders can learn from comedians (no, it’s not all about telling jokes). I can be reached at, or  I’m also a GREAT Master of Ceremonies. Click here for my master of ceremonies website.

And for more insights into my comedy career, check out this blog post – click here. And if you want to know even more about being in this business, check out my book on Amazon titled “Convention Comedian: Stories and Wisdom From Two Decades of Chicken Dinners and Comedy Clubs.” I also have a humor writing book titled “Finding the Funny Fast: How to Create Quick Humor to Connect with Clients, Coworkers and Crowds.”

Silly Jokes and Why They Work

Silly jokes work.

We love them. Admit it. You will read a silly joke. A few comedians, such as Jackie the Joke Man, have made their living off silly jokes.

Silly jokes may not make you famous . . .

but they’ll grab your attention – sorta like reality TV. Have you ever been flipping through the channels, and just stopped on a reality TV show for a minute . . . and then an hour later you’re still watching? That happened to me with that show “tough as nails.” All of a sudden, I couldn’t not watch.

Silly jokes work the same way.

You think, “aw, that’s stupid,” but then you keep reading. I shared my keynote at a virtual conference this week in which they had an app for networking. One of the networking questions on the app was for people to post dad and mom jokes. And boy did they get a lot of posts – probably more people got involved with that questions, than the other serous questions.

Silly jokes work because . . .

For one thing, we don’t have to think. You “get it” pretty quickly, without trying too hard. We also like silly jokes because they make us feel smart. It’s like solving an easy crossword puzzle. You get a sense of, “yeah, I figured it out. I’m brilliant.” And we like silly jokes because they are funny . . . they’re not high brow humor, and most people don’t want to hear an hour or more of silly jokes . . . two or three work well. But silly jokes do make us emit a response. And reacting to a joke, with a chuckle or a groan, means the joke worked to a degree.

So, here’s a few silly jokes . . .

From my past writing for radio stations, I sold a LOT of silly jokes. The DJs love them because they were quick, and their listeners could get an instant laugh. Here’s a 45 second video of a few that I sold. Get ready to groan!


and check out my past article on asking questions.

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4 Questions Comedians Get Asked A LOT

Questions comedian get asked all the time make it easy for us to LOOK like we’re joking off the cuff, when we’re really just answering your question that we’ve been asked 10000 times in the past.

The last post I made, (click here) I mentioned questions NOT to ask a comedian. But there are some questions we’re asked all the time, and we love it, because we have ready-made answers.

IN OUR . . .

Baby Boomer Comedy Show that I do with another comedian, we do a Question and Answer session at the end, and we ALWAYS get asked how did we meet. And I ALWAYS pop off with “,” It’s funny because I’m single and my partner in the show, Kent Rader, is happily married – he even talks about his wife in his act.

It gets a HUGE laugh and looks to be off the cuff, when in fact we get asked this question at almost every show. Below are some Questions I get asked all the time, and some funny answers. If you want to find comedy, make a list of the questions you’ve been asked a lot. . .and come up with some stock answers. Then, at the next cocktail party when someone asks one, you’ll pop off with a hilarious answer and look BRILLIANT!!

4 Questions Comedians Get Asked ALL THE TIME. The infograph below actually answers these questions honestly.

  1. Where do you get your material? Answer: From porn sites. . . that’s funny because my act is clean
  2. Who is your favorite comedian? Me. Hey, if I don’t think I’m the funniest, then no one else will either.
  3. Why did you get into comedy? To piss off my parents. Okay, not really, but I’m sure it didn’t make them happy in the beginning.
  4. What’s your worst show? The one I just did for you. That’s funny as long as the one I just did was great. Otherwise, it’s kinda honest.

Enjoy your questions, and check out my other websites when you get a chance.

Take care,

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