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Refining and testing jokes

Refining and testing jokes

Comedians meticulously write and refine their jokes until they seem polished. The reaction awareness comes from reciting the joke dozens of times, similar to when someone describes a story they've told often, and their closest friends think ", oh, this one again."

Although groups and stories vary, people tend to respond in the same ways in the same places, regardless of who is listening.

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MORE IDEAS FROM How It Feels To Write A Joke And Tell It On Stage

Some comedians resort to strategic methodology to create their jokes, while others employ a more spontaneous technique.

Comedians often tend to write on paper in a different voice than when speaking to an audience. Once comedians have trained themselves to live in joke writing mode, jokes are everywhere, easy for the picking. It's the comedians task to make that fruit tasty for the audience.

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Most of the time, when a comedian brings a joke on stage, it'll bomb.

While bombing can be a devastating feeling, it doesn't necessarily get easier with experience. However, with time, every comedian develops a way to come back and repair a broken joke.

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For the comedian, experiencing a new joke that comes to life is an empowering moment.

All jokes require the comedian to connect with the audience about the issue. It means finding some universal truth and finding the humour in it, simplifying it and refining it so that it works. The moment the audience laughs is when they realise that their experiences aren't unique - that other people go through the same stuff.

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The Origins Of Stand-Up Comedy

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Laughter's Physical Power

We learn to laugh at a young age, most at infancy. Being able to laugh during our infancy years helps develop our muscles and upper body strength.

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