August 25, 2006, Newsletter Issue #3: Writing a Good Joke

Tip of the Week

We all have stories.
We all have made someone laugh at some point.

Now, how do you do it professionally?
Three words - trim the fat.

When you're writing your joke, get rid of any and all unnecessary words. Anything you put in the set-up of the joke should be directly related to your punchline. The longer you make the audience wait (be they 500 people at the Comedy Connection, or the three waitresses at Johnny's Chuckleshack on a Monday night), the bigger the laugh has to be. And if it's not, that's bad...more.

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