My Starts and Stops in Comedy

Starting my career in comedy wasn’t exactly a straight line! I had starts, stops, and then starts again. Here’s a podcast interview I did yesterday on the “Why We Work” podcast. It is a good interview and shows that sometimes it takes time to transistion into a new career.

That One Joke

Sometimes you just need that one joke to make all the difference. Here’s an example from my past. When’s the best time to tell people they aren’t getting raises? Two days before your company holiday party, of course! 12 years ago, I arrived at an event to an incredibly tense and glum atmosphere. The client told me the group had just gotten the news. Great! This holiday party had all the makings of a disaster . . .

5 minutes into my act, I knew I had to clear the air, so I did it with (of course) humor. One line acknowledging what they were going through made all the difference. They laughed so loud I thought the ceiling was going to come down. Here’s the joke:

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5 Funny Things in Vegas

So I’m in Las Vegas for a gig today and I thought I’d look for 5 funny things that I can joke with. If you get into a habit of looking for the funny, then it becomes easier and easier until you’re doing it automatically. So here’s 5 funny things in Vegas....

Using What Works Against You

I just read an article about a guy who controls his tourettes syndrome by doing stand up comedy – I always thought stand-up comedy ENCOURAGED people to cuss. But the article mentioned that this guy has gained self-confidence and educated people on the...

Using What Works Against You

I just read an article about a guy who controls his tourettes syndrome by doing stand up comedy – I always thought stand-up comedy ENCOURAGED people to cuss. But the article mentioned that this guy has gained self-confidence and educated people on the...

Comedy Writing and Location

Looking at WHERE people are sitting Can give you great comedy material to kick off your speech. I'm doing a comedy show for a group and they told me that the top sales guys and gals are sitting at the front tables. That got me to thinking. . .where are the...

Joke Writing for One Demographic

All Women All Day! This week I got a chance to present my “Finding the Funny in Communications” program to a group consisting of all women! They were great! I do a lot of programs in which there are just women, or even just men, in the audience, and I...