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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer and Dan Holzman: Working the Four Steps of Dan Holzman’s Framework Technique

    Jan 09, 2017 1 Comment

    NOTE: While most articles on eJuggle are free to the public, this exclusive content is for IJA members only. If you're a member, Log In on the top to read the full article. If you're not a member, read about the benefits of IJA membership in the "Join the IJA" menu at the top of ...

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  • Enjoying classical jugglers

    Nov 18, 2015 No Comments

    Yes, I admit: I like good classical juggling! In the juggling culture where I grew up, a world with youtube and Wes Peden, it seems almost like a sin to watch the videos below. Common critique is that traditional jugglers hardly invent new tricks. They also do not incorporate tools such as theatre a...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: Hat Juggling

    Jul 29, 2014 No Comments

    Variety performers have to wear many hats: writer, editor, director, performer, prop maker, agent, publicist, social media manager, even costumer. In any other form of theater, each of these jobs would be done by different people with different skills, different training, and different temperaments,...

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  • EJC 2014 Ireland – Land of Legends

    Jun 10, 2014 No Comments

    Ireland is know for many things – wonderful food, spectacular landscape, creamy pints of Guinness, and ancient legend. At this years European Juggling Convention you can experience the food and drink, the landscape, and most importantly – The Legend Stage. The EJC returns to Millstreet C...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Comedy Karaoke

    May 29, 2014 No Comments

    Using volunteers is one of the easiest ways to get laughs. Adding a volunteer to a bit instantly makes it seem more spontaneous, raises the stakes, allows solo performers to do dialogue instead of just monologue, and creates opportunity for conflict—all great ingredients for comedy! But beware: A...

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  • EJC 2014 Ireland tickets on sale now

    Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

    Pre-registration for EJC2014 is now officially open. The tickets are available in four phases, increasing in price until right before the convention itself. The first phase is the shortest one and the ticket prices are the best value so order your tickets today. During pre-registration you will als...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Mixing In Action

    Feb 22, 2014 No Comments

    Last month I wrote about the three most common types of mix jokes: Mixes that apply attributes of one thing onto another Mixes that combine two familiar things to create something new Mixes that use one thing to talk about another I also presented the classic two-list method for writing these type...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Mixing it up

    Jan 24, 2014 No Comments

    One of the most important tools in a comic’s kitchen is their mixer, and not just because we’re all bitter alcoholics. Mix jokes are a staple of the comedy diet, yet most variety performers try to survive on totally mix-free fare. In this month’s article, I’m going to help you expand your co...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: That’s Still Not Funny!

    Dec 24, 2013 No Comments

    Last month Katrine and I did trade show presentations for an audience of cancer doctors. (I wrote about how we dealt with that in my previous article: “That’s Not Funny.” This month, I pick up where we left off.) The main tactic Katrine and I employed in our comedy writing for this gig was: A...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: That’s Not Funny!

    Nov 28, 2013 No Comments

    KATRINE: Client wants us to make jokes about cancer. SCOTT: How much does that pay? Katrine and I just finished doing three days of shows about cancer. This was not the easiest subject we’d ever been hired to write jokes about. Our client makes scanners and linear accelerators designed to find tu...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: Doctoring Jokes

    Oct 27, 2013 No Comments

    “Doctor, the audience doesn’t laugh when I do this.” “Don’t do that.” To be a successful comedy writer, either for your own act or for others, you need to do more than write jokes. You also need to be able to fix jokes. Along with being a joke writer, you have to be a joke doctor. Now s...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: I Look At All The Funny People

    Sep 18, 2013 No Comments

    I’m writing this article on the plane home from the IJA festival in Bowling Green, Ohio. What a fantastic week! If you’ve never been to an IJA festival, I highly recommend it. So much better than those magic conventions where they don’t have hover-chairs or a gauntlet. For me it was a week of ...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: You Punch Like a Girl

    Aug 22, 2013 No Comments

    For the past two months I’ve been writing about three methods to write lead away jokes: forward from the front, out from the middle, and backwards from the end. If you haven’t already read those introductory articles, Nice Structure and Structure? Genius!, now would be a good time. I’ll wait ...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: Structure? Genius!

    Jul 14, 2013 No Comments

    Whenever my old partner Rich Ross and I came up with a joke that was based solely on structure, usually a call back or a denial capper, we would throw our arms in the air and yell, “Structure? Genius!” We even did it when watching other people’s shows. This taught us a lot about the power of s...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Nice Structure!

    Jun 12, 2013 2 Comments

    When comedians watch other comedians perform, they rarely laugh. If they like a joke, they nod their heads and say: “Nice structure.” If they really like a joke they say: “I used to do a bit like that.” Structures are to comedy as brushstrokes are to painting: Often invisible, absolutely nec...

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  • Reasons You Should Fail

    May 12, 2013 No Comments

    No one steps up to bat for the first time and hits a home run, and no one steps up to five clubs and starts doing backcrosses. I look at videos of my early performances and cringe. When starting out you need some ridiculous amounts of optimism to convince yourself that it was actually okay and the ...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Tag, You’re It!

    Mar 28, 2013 2 Comments

    One of the biggest differences between amateur joke tellers and professional comedians is their use of tags. A tag, also called a “capper,” “topper,” or “follow up,” is a gag that uses the previous joke as its setup. Tags are one of the most powerful weapons in your comedy arsenal becaus...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Theft? or Inspiration!

    Feb 01, 2013 4 Comments

    Most working comedians and jugglers agree that stealing material is wrong but the range of beliefs as to what constitutes “material” is vast. 5 club back-crosses? That’s a trick. Anyone who can do it, should. 5 club backcrosses with a balance? Good luck, but sure, give it a try. 5 club back-cr...

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