Humor 101: How to Tell Jokes for Power, Prestige, Profit, and Personal Fulfillment

Humor 101: How to Tell Jokes for Power, Prestige, Profit, and Personal Fulfillment

by Danny Murphy

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594110696
Publisher: Writers' Collective, The
Publication date: 11/24/2003
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1What is a Joke?9
The Basic Joke
Premise
Setups
Punchlines
A Comedy Bit
Taglines
Punchwords
Attitude
Characters
Persona
Chapter 2Types of Jokes18
Self-deprecating Jokes
Topical Jokes
Stock Jokes
Physical Humor/Slapstick
Politically Correct Jokes
Mean Jokes/Sick Jokes/Dirty Jokes/Racist Jokes/Sexist Jokes
Edgy Jokes
Inside Jokes
Jokes for Opening
Popsicle Stick Jokes
Stories
Jokes that Really Work
Chapter 3Tricks of Telling Jokes30
Practice Makes Perfect
Use Your Best Jokes First and Last
Help Your Audience to Visualize the Joke
Facial Expressions and Gestures
Timing
Rhythm
Exaggeration
Voice
Sound
Callbacks
Sight Gags
Gadgets
Size Up the Audience
Audience Participation
The Audience Member Who Won't Go Away
The Dark Side of Audience Participation
Bailing Out
Chapter 4FAQs41
What's a hack?
Why is nightclub comedy so dirty?
Why do comedians talk about killing and dying so much?
Who are the best comedians?
Chapter 5A Few of My Old Bits46
Murphy's Law
Express Checkout
Bibles for Dummies
Suicide Whales
Mental Illness
Downsizing
Airline Food
Chapter 6Adventures in Comedy54
My Weekly Radio Show
Running for Office
My Career in Film
Barking at the Red Dog
Comedy in the Great Outdoors
Chapter 7Ten Commandments of Comedy58
Conclusion62

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