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Which comes first:
The Chicken or the Egg?


In the early 1990's, business keynote speakers started taking my stand-up comedy workshops at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, California.
The comedy students and keynote speaker students had an unspoken but friendly rivalry.

One of the successful speakers was Allan H. who was ten years older than me, and had an amazingly deep voice.
Whenever he spoke up, all the comedy students would giggle.
Maybe I made matters worse when I nicknamed him, "God."

8-)

These were weekend workshop spread out over Friday-Saturday-Sunday, covering Lessons 1-4.
Saturday, we always took a lunch break together at a local restaurant.
We all piled into cars for the drive over.
All the brighter students jumped into my car, hoping for more insider information.
Naturally, this group included God.

One of the comedy students from Mississippi had shaved off his full beard before coming to that morning's class.
God asked him why.
The student explained that he wanted "to make a gesture symbolic of the life and career changes last night's lesson" had meant for him.

God graciously agreed with the beardless one's perception.
Then, he went a step further, and held out an olive branch:
"What's more important when you address audiences: what you say or how you say it?"

Everyone hesitated to guess, wisely sensing a trap.
Then, most guessed that since famous comedians and speakers were widely quoted in the press
the answer had to be "what you say."

Then, the group timidly asked what God thought.
This time, the one giggling was God.

God spoke:
"That's as I used to think before I did much speaking to large groups. Nope, the 'how' is more important than the 'what'!
Do you know why?"


No takers.

"Until you know how to write and perform for audiences, no one will know what the hell you are talking about!!!"

All eyes, including God's, turned to me
to see what I thought.

After a weighty pause, I spoke:
"Who am I to argue with God?"

8-)

That was a very fun weekend.

Would you like to see previews of Lessons 1 & 2?

Start here with Lesson one:

How to Tell a Joke
with short interactive quiz

Lesson Two:

How to Write a Joke
with a more in-depth, interactive quiz featuring multimedia


Questions?
Get in touch:
415-877-4424
jim@Stand-UpComedyWorkshop.com

Snail mail:
Jim Richardson
Organized Comedy
PO Box 992
Mill Valley, California 94942-0992
USA
Calendar | Video: tips | Endorsements: tips | Coaching & Co-Writing | Coaching order form | About Us
Lessons 1-35: Descriptions | Register: Lessons 1-4 | Register: Lessons 5-8 | FAQ | Contact Us

Sub Headings: even more tips!
Studying Comics | Comedy Roots | Comeback? | Defense | Character mask | Robin | Censorship
Writer's block | Camcorder Coaching | Memorizing | Remembering | Stage Movement: setting a bit
Business | Business Cards | Your Web Site | Open Mics | Evil "Bringer Shows" | Audition | MC tips
Promo Packet | Contact media | Interviews | How to get BIG-$ Gig$ | Agents vs. Managers
Newsletter | Goodies | Auditioning: TV & Movie parts | Site Map: more tips
Improvisation: Thinking on Your Feet | Jonthan Winters | Joan Rivers | Hecklers
Funny Money: $25/show or $100 Million/Year from Netflix? Comedy Coach predicts the near future!
How to Tell a Joke | How to Write a Joke
Titter: "Cute bit. Now, make it funny!"
Which is more important, what you say or how you say it?
Life as a Comedy Coach: our first big win!

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