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mesmer
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Thanx for the Kind word Glenn

and I will keep you guys posted
topcomedyguru
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First, let me say thanks for the kind words for my course.

There is no separate "system" for adult comedy material vs. clean or non-adult comedy material.

As a magician, the bulk of your audience laughs will come as a result of:

The banter you use to set up a trick
The reactions you express as the trick is executed
Separate stand-up comedy material in between tricks

For vents, the bulk of the laughter will come from the reactions by the puppet to the set-up lines (questions, comments, etc.) made by the vent, keeping in mind that...

Most of the laughter generated by the puppet will not be the literal words said per se, but rather how those words are expressed by the puppet (in other words, the "body language" of the puppet will make up most of the laughter generation power -- exactly the same as in stand-up comedy proper).

I just added a special lesson to my course by comedy magician & comedian Zack Waldman: http://killerstandup.com/?p=3342

If I can add some value to this forum, let me know.

But when it comes to generating laughter from audiences -- no matter what the "genre" of entertainment may be, I will say this:

Trying to use one dimensional "writing" techniques -- ie: jokes on paper -- to generate real laughs in a three dimensional performing environment, that is a HARD row to hoe.
Bob Baker
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Steve's course is excellent. I can recommend it without reservation.

Bob
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I am currently doing comedy writing for vents, magicians,and other variety arts acts. I've written for Wanlu and many others. If you're interested, please contact me at: markwade@kidshowvent.com

I am also currently writing a book on comedy writing and hope to have it out by the end of the year. I'll keep everyone posted via this site.
Hope this helps somewhat..

Mark

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Paul Stadelman wrote that the way he developed his comedy was by putting together a routine and performing it for live audiences. He would take note of which jokes made the audience laugh and which didn't. He would then mercilesssly cut out jokes that didn't get laughs and swap in new ones, and then perform with the modified routine. When all of the jokes consistently got laughs then that would become his #1 routine. Then he would start working on his #2 routine and repeat the same process.

I would add that Vent may be learnable but a true knack for comedy is inborn. Regardless of the material, it is the performer's gift for comedy that ultimately gets the laughs. No material will make up for the lack of such a gift, no matter how good it may be.
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Technique can be taught. Talent cannot. But with technique you can bring out the talent you already have, and training can provide the tools to channel talent and keep performances consistent, but fresh.
As for comedy, it is said that Edmond Gwenn, the actor, was on his deathbed when a friend asked him, "Is it hard to die, Edmund?" The old actor opened one eye and said, "Dying is easy; comedy is hard."
As for child audiences VS adult audiences: most performers will tell you, child audiences are much much harder. They will spot a fake instantly, they will get bored in an instant, they will let you know.
You can begin a script by roughing in some jokes (There are several collections of jokes that come in handy), but ultimately the best humor and the best show, come from character and reaction.
Oh my...how I do go on.

-Philip
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