By Whoopi Goldberg
Have you ever spotted that issues aren’t as civil as they as soon as have been Or that rudeness isn't any longer an exception yet a way of life convinced you could have. All you want to do is decided foot outdoors your door to work out that undesirable manners are taking up all over. individuals are yakking on cellphones in eating places, even at church. parents in carpools put on sufficient cologne to make our eyes bleed. whole strangers imagine it’s okay to rub a pregnant lady’s stomach. Passengers abuse flight attendants, family members outings to the ball park are ruined through rowdy drunks . . . a congressman heckled the President of the United States.
Well, Whoopi Goldberg has spotted all this and extra and requested herself, “Is it simply me” Unleashing her trademark irreverence and humor, her new publication of observations takes a humorous and excruciatingly sincere examine how a lack of civility is messing with the standard of existence for all of us.
So in case your puppy peeve is those who speak in motion picture theaters love it used to be their lounge, or for those who get bugged via humans clipping their nails and appearing different own hygiene subsequent to you at the bus, or should you balk while “please” and “thank you” be replaced by means of “gimme” and “huh” . . . you will have chanced on a kindred spirit. simply because Whoopi has witnessed the growing to be disrespect and rudeness in our lives and discovered she isn't by myself. And, as you’ll detect in those pages, neither are you.
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Put a slash after each punchline. Are these regular or does the comic go for a whole paragraph before the joke? Are there jokes within the jokes? Where - 36 - How_to_be_a_Comedy_Writer_Inside36 36 01/08/2005 14:24:22 STAND-UP the audience laughs make a note. Is it a gag or a piece of audience participation? Try to see exactly where the jokes come. Do you notice a rhythm? It will probably lose a lot of the magic for you, but that’s good because you are seeing the material through the comedian’s eyes.
At the same time, concepts like intolerance, avarice or ‘the culture of spin’ are too nebulous to pinpoint with ease. It’s easier to name names. If you’re writing topical material, the public figures are obvious, but what about when you are dealing with people who have stupid ringtones? Who are they? Rich people? Chavs? Kids? Or is this the latest sad addition to the repertoire of the office joker? Whenever you come up with an idea for a joke, you must first define your target. Maybe your humour is self-deprecating?
Promoters and audiences always recognise excellent material. Remember: Random gags are fine but all must be of outstanding quality. You must have a strong opener and closer. Build towards intimacy. Scatological jokes should be done after people have finished eating. Allow for peaks and troughs. The encore should be in the set. - 62 - How_to_be_a_Comedy_Writer_Inside62 62 01/08/2005 14:24:27 STAND-UP The open mike All comedy writers ought to attend an open mike night. These are evenings devoted to new talent, performed in five- or ten-minute chunks by performers new to the business.
Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there? by Whoopi Goldberg