Your Seventh Sense: How to Think Like a Comedian
Karyn Ruth White, Jay Arthur
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Want to be the last comic standing? You can! Learn how to think like a comedian and find the funny in everyday life.
For the last seven years Jay Arthur, a master practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) has been studying and reverse engineering how comedians think. With his co-author Karyn Ruth White, a standup comedian and professional speaker, they have refined the process and come up with the essential skills of how to think like a comedian.
In Your Seventh Sense you'll find a step-by-step guide to creating and developing humor. There are four main steps:
1. Prospecting for Humor: First learn to develop your comedy radar.
2. Mining the Humor - The next step involves creative lateral thinking. Comedians ask themselves: "What's this like?" "How are women like cars?" "How is dating like a laundromat?" Learning comedy is a great way to develop your creativity.
3. Refining the Humor - Next, comedians distill their thinking down into the traditional joke format: setup-punchline-punchword. "Take my wife please!"
4. Presenting Humor: Finally, determine what point of view, attitude, and character would be best for this particular joke. Are you mad, sad, or glad? Is it hard, weird, scary, or stupid? What do you do when you bomb?
This book also has detailed examples from actual workshops about how to develop a joke from start to finish. There is even a chapter about how to add humor to any speech; it's ideal for corporate executives or anyone who speaks to groups. Anyone can do it. It is up to you to decide how far you will take your comedy career...Maybe just to a backyard barbecue or all the way to a comedy club.
twists it 180 degrees. Here is an example of her use of perspective: "I don't really understand children. I try to put them down for a nap and they cry. I don't understand this. As an adult, can you remember the last time you didn't want to sleep? Just once I'd like to see a child come up to me and say, 'I'm beat! I've been at the Leggos for an hour and a half, the Big Wheel's jackknifed at the end of the driveway. I'm just going to go into the back room and lie down.' I'd say, 'My, how
a little more clever – something that plays on the double meaning of light. Now after dinner, I light up – hey wait a minute, that can mean both things; it can mean that I light up as in having a cigarette and it can also mean that I light up as in being electrically charged – hey I’m on to something here – now how do I say it funny? I could reverse the order; instead of having a cigarette and then looking for electricity, why don’t I make it sound like I’m talking about having a cigarette
thing about using characterization is that it adds flavor and variety to the tone and rhythm of your material. Words of Wisdom from Children If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse. Naomi, age 15 Never trust a dog to watch your food. Patrick, 10 When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair. Taylia, 11 Never tell your mom her diet's not working. Michael, 14 Never try to baptize a cat. Eileen, 8 COMPILED BY VALERIE MASS Start to notice
to take control of the situation, and so do you. When you can, try to handle a heckler with humor and try not to be too terribly mean. WHAT IF I OFFEND SOMEONE? Congratulations, welcome to the world of humor. Once again, there are no guarantees as to how people are going to take you. For instance, some women are offended by dumb blonde jokes, while other women think they're hilarious. Using humor is a judgement call. Consider your audience before you tell the joke. If you're telling a
little here and become a little more like Robin Williams (or whoever your Humor Hero happens to be)?" Find the essence of what it is you like about your Humor Hero and ask yourself how you could be more like that person and still be comfortable with who you are and how you deal with the world. The ability to step into someone else and use their perspective and their coping tools will give you a lot more flexibility in how you respond to life. HUMOR HERO HOMEWORK Exercise: In your Seventh