and Practice with Group-Written Scripts,
Lesson block 13-16
13) ****Simple Premise Routine—the "holy grail" for writing classical stand-up comedy routines, 3 hours
How to use all the joke forms and joke formats learned through Lessons 1-12 to:
•Write longer bits that drive home a single point
•Premises Bits vs. One-Liner Jokes:
Until you get in the habit of thinking in terms of premises,
the jokes you come up with inspirationally will tend to be one- liners; i.e., a premise that will only sustain one joke.
Playwrights and screenwriters strive to come up with a single premise that will sustain half-hour to two-hour comedies.
The stand-up comic wants premises which will sustain bits that will ideally last 2-5 minutes.
His 20 minute to 90 minute act will be made up of many such bits, plus one-liners between the bits.
•Why One-Liner Acts Should Ideally Last Only 8 Minutes.
•Why Professional Speakers Must Work By Premises.
•Necessary Background Study.
•Increasing Your Joke-Writing Speed Fivefold!
Ideal Premise Bit:
•What Your First and Last Joke Must Do
•Concluding the Bit by Proving the Premise
How to Work Off Premises in Performance:
•Feeling Out the House
•The Danger of Linking Jokes Thematically vs. Under Premises When Being Heckled:
How to make all your bits heckle-proof while still staying on premise
•Deadpan vs. Smiling
List of books relevant to doing Simple Premise Routines;
plus, helpful: Audio tapes & Video tapes, CDs & DVDs
•Finding Your Premise
•What Your Second Joke Must Do
Write Your First Draft in One Sitting
•Using the Seven Basic Joke Forms to Write Your Second Draft
First Performances: Be Smart — Use Cue Cards!
•When to Begin Staging & Memorizing a New Premise Bit
Using Premises to Salvage Your Old Bits
classic tirade routine
15) ****Selling Yourself during interviews by newspapers, radio and TV, 3 hours
•Part I: theory, examples
•How to distill your anecdotes into powerful sound bites.
16) ****Selling Yourself during interviews by newspapers, radio and TV, 3 hours
•Part II: drills
•Field trip: to plug a gig, class will be interviewed by a professional newspaper reporter and/or radio DJ or TV host
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For details about where to find all my information posted online between the workshop and JimRichardson.com web sites, read the description under Site Map: more tips.
•As of 2-14-2014, on this workshop web site you can find course outlines for Lessons 1-8 and 26-29.
•For more information on Lessons 9-25, check out the link to Home Study Program on my Tip-of-the-Day video jukebox.
This is a Rich Internet Application (RIA) requiring Flash Player which is on 98% of both Apple and Windows desktop & laptop computers:
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Thus, a couple of years ago, I started developing on this alternative workshop web site so folks on iOS devices could:
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•view video clips for both Flash Player and iOS devices.
Also, I post most of my new information on the workshop web site instead of JimRichardson.com
At this point, there is still some information only found on the older web site.
Note: if you are still unclear about your eligibility for any of the above Lessons briefly described on this workshop web page:
•Please feel free to ask me directly, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 415-877-4424
What the asterisks (*, **, *** and ****) seen before each title on this workshop web page mean:
*No pre-requisites: these Lessons can be taken stand-alone, even if you are yet to take Lessons 1-4 or any preceding Lessons.
**Pre-requisites include both:
•Lesson 2, "How to Write a Joke: the 7 basic joke forms" and
•Lesson 4, "Editing Your Comedy or Serious Speech into an Act"
Another way to satisfy the Lesson 2 and 4 pre-requisites:
•These joke forms are also described Jim's audio/workbook package, "How to Write a Joke: the 7 basic joke forms "
•Another version of editing which is less targeted to those pursuing a stand-up comedy career is described in Jim's audio/workbook package, "Editing Your Comedy or Serious Speech into an Act"
Details upon request.
*** Pre-requisites: Lesson 1, "How to Tell a Joke on a Stand-Up Comedy Stage, During a Speech and in the Work Place"
Another way to satisfy the Lesson 1 pre-requisite:
•These joke-telling techniques are also described in my audio/workbook package of the same title which also includes an annotated bibliography of recommended joke books.
**** Pre-requisites: all preceding Lessons and all their pre-requisites from Lesson One inclusive; i.e., completing only a Lesson that has no pre-requisites does not get you into subsequent Lessons if those Lessons have other pre-requisites from earlier Lessons.
Note: students who enroll in my "Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop"
•taught every six weeks locally
•and over the Internet via video web conferencing
•or at your city
already have satisfied the prequisites since you will have Lessons One-Four in the workbook that comes with your investment.
The above Lessons 1-35 is a suggested ideal Lesson order.
•But you can join "Fundamentals" at any time.
•And the same is true of "Intermediate Stand-Up Comedy Workshop."
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