Originally Posted by tmacattack33
Ok cool...here it is...
1. Well I know that quickness is obviously involved, so I've researched mental quickness improvement and have just started on the method that looks most promising.
2. I've been listening to comedy radio (Howard Stern and the Foxxhole)...And this is something i would do anyway, so it's not extra "work" or anything.
3. I just started doing a few exercises that I heard that they do in improv comedy classes. One is: Find any object (pen, glass, shoe, etc) and try to come up with as legitimate many uses for it as possible in two minutes - this involves lateral thinking, and quickness as well.
And idk, just from reading comedy forums and stuff, it seems like some people believe that it can be worked on.
Ok, some random tips for comedy in a group setting:
1. Timing is absolutely EVERYTHING. If you say something funny and nobody hears it, move on. I've seen people go "did you hear what i said?" and that just kills it. If you miss your chance to make a joke or comment about something, let it go rather than awkwardly saying it when it's too late
2. Don't make a conscious effort to draw attention to yourself. If you're being funny and somebody hears it, they'll start paying attention. Loud doesn't equal funny though, and nothing makes people feel more annoyed than someone who is blatantly TRYING to be funny and get attention. This is what I call the Dane Cook rule
3. Don't take anything from improv. Aside from classic Whose Line, improv is never funny and the only people entertained by it are usually the people in the improv group. In college there was an improv group that would always perform at the student union and whenever they would perform people would pick up their food/books/laptops and go somewhere else because they were annoying as f*ck
4. Funny is less funny when people are expecting funny. If you ever see threads on here where the title is "I dare you not to laugh" or "Funniest video I've ever seen", people will come in just to say how unfunny it is because the expectation is set too high. You gotta catch people off guard. Funny is funniest when it's unexpected
5. Don't think about what you're gonna say and don't try to tell long stories. If you get all tangled up in your words, can't remember what you were gonna say etc, you're gonna get blank stares. Even from the crickets. Like Ace said, say what comes naturally. One liners, observational humor...not stories. Stories get people waiting and waiting for a punchline that 9 times outta 10 doesn't live up to their expectations.
6. Don't be mean, rude or obnoxious. If you're with good friends that you have an established "brother" or "sister" type of relationship with then yeah you can take jabs at each other, but if you're with a group of casual friends, or even worse new friends/strangers, they're just gonna think "wow this guys an ass". Confidence and arrogance are two different things. You wanna come off as confident but not arrogant or obnoxious.
Now go make some friends babyboy!