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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: How to Steal a Joke

    Aug 18, 2012 2 Comments

    In last month’s column, Thou Shalt Not Steal, I wrote about an ethical way to steal jokes I called “switching to the bone.” The steps were: Step 1) Write down the joke you want to steal. Step 2) Write down the essence of what makes that joke funny. This could be the structure, the conflict, th...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Thou Shalt Not Steal

    Jul 14, 2012 8 Comments

    As I wrote in my first column, Comedy Darwinism, whenever I’ve asked any group of comedy jugglers or comedy magicians where their jokes come from, most answer: “It was something that happened while I was onstage.” Almost no one says: “I stole it from someone else’s show.” And yet, if you...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Collaboration

    May 23, 2012 No Comments

    When John Park, my first juggling partner who eventually fled the country to get away from my never-ending notes, and I first started performing together, we were lucky enough to have great comedy mentors to learn from including: The best comedy teacher I know: Greg Dean. The fastest hands and faste...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Creationism

    Apr 21, 2012 2 Comments

    In my first column, Comedy Darwinism, I wrote about ways to leverage your creativity onstage. Or as a skeptic might put it: “How to flop around onstage, randomly trying this and that, until you get lucky enough to get a laugh.” Fair enough. So if evolution through natural selection isn’t enoug...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: The Secret of Great Comedy

    Mar 17, 2012 3 Comments

    What is the secret of great comedy…? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not timing. It’s practice. I don’t know how to sit down and write a funny joke. But I do know how to write two dozen jokes and then find out which ones are funny. And this is how every comedy writer that I’ve ever talked to ...

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