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Sep162010

How Your Comedy Art Really Looks

Daniel Bluett | Photo via Tosh.0

By: Mike Drucker

Stand-Up Comedy

How You See It:
You're a lone wolf rebel, changing minds and breaking down barriers with ratatatat irony and fractal-deep observations about the world around you. You use pure language to light fire to your audience’s hypocrisies and show them the true cost of their routine existences. No gods or kings, only man.

How It Really Looks:
"I had a girlfriend, right? She was an oriental. She always said, 'Don't call me that!' And so I said, 'Well then open your eyes wider!' Boom!

Okay. So who here remembers 'Titanic?'"

Improv

How You See It:
Eight artists truly live in the moment to create a scene that’s to never exist before or again. Relying on their unbreakable support of each other and the unspoken energy which flows between performers, improvisers tap into the collective unconscious and show the audience that even the smallest raindrop can become a river.

How It Really Looks:
[Two men walk to the foreground and stare at each other for five seconds. One begins digging.]

"I hate being in prison."
"Yeah, me too."
"It’s so hot in prison."
"It’s making me sweat. I’m also pregnant."

[The performers stare at each other for a few seconds to try to establish gender roles.]

“Prison’s no place to raise a family.”
“And this prison’s in space.”

Photo: tachyonlabs[A third performer runs in front of them. The first two fall back to the wall and high-five. The new performer moves her arm in a wide, four-foot arc. Another steps up with her.]

“I hate washing dishes.”
“Then come here and help me with this surgery!”

Sketch

How You See It:
The only way to fight the culturally bankrupt media is to beat it at its own game. Appropriating the methods and memes of the zeitgeist, you mock the social mores you find distasteful. By micking their speech, their actions, and their follies, you use the fools’ own weapons against them and show them how empty their lives really are.

How It Really Looks:
“Hey, Sarah Palin!”
“Yeah, Glenn Beck?”
“Want to be in my Tea Party Entourage?”
[Entourage credits play but with Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck and Michele Bachmann and fat people in tricorner hats]

Prose Writing

How You See It:
You are unlimited by cost, length, or the gate-keeping “producers” of other media. This freedom makes your comedy malleable and instant. A pebble of a joke can start an avalanche of laughter, and a lake of an essay can plumb the depths of human emotion. Without your face on your writing, your humor and observations are judged on their content - the ultimate test of one's willpower.

How It Really Looks:
“How Your Comedy Art Really Looks” by Mike Drucker, age 26: I’m smarmy and ooooooo look at my words that are so clever, I must have gone to college and that makes me better than my Dad who dropped so he could work two jobs to raise a family and give all the love he had, but I guess that wasn’t enough for me because I’m so selfish. Internet!

Reader Comments (5)

Fantastic.

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrick

Ha! That's hilarious.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbecca

Writing an article:

"Hey I'm going to comment on something I know nothing about to sound smart and alternative!"


Well, then...sure, well done. I suppose.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

This was awesome. Truth in comedy.

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Why would you even bother to write this self-defeating over-generalization?

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDyke Fucker

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