A: “The punchline is too long!” There are classics. Guernica by Picasso. The 5th Symphony by Beethoven. Star Wars by George Lucas. The story of Luigi and Virginia going on their honeymoon. “WAIT! Who the hell are Luigi and Virginia?
Author: Jeffrey Reid Baker
Publisher: Jerbil Books
If You Like To Laugh, This Book Is For You! You'll crack up when you find out what happens to: ... the woman who bought the parrot with bad manners." ... the burglar at work who keeps hearing, "Jesus is watching." ... the little old lady who forgot her lifelong friend's name." ... the elderly gentleman who asked the pharmacist for Viagra." ... the 3 guys who had to think to enter heaven on Christmas day." ... Sol and Abe considering the Church offering $1000 to convert." ... the cowboy and biker on death row expressing their last wishes." ... Bill Gates being given a little cottage in Heaven." ... the moth who went into a podiatrist's office." ... the drunk when he felt the other drunks bald head." ... the guy hanging from a tree root down the shaft of a well." The author sifted through thousands of the most classic jokes ever told and edited them down to the absolute BEST OF THE BEST MAKES A GREAT GIFT!
SET THE STAGE Display an assortment of riddle books or joke books stu- dents can browse through to stimulate their creativity . ... If they go on for too long , the audience may fall asleep before the punch line . Delivery !
Author: Marcia Miller
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Help students gain writing confidence with this comprehensive collection of easy, super-engaging lessons that invite them to describe a dream, write a mystery story, create a movie review, compose a business letter, and so many more! Everything you need is here: Complete how-to's, quick mini-lessons, pre-writing graphic organizers, and reproducible assessment forms. A great way to prepare kids to shine on the standardized tests! For use with Grades 3-6.
likely that students are too fixated on the “one strike and you go to the office” policy to pay attention to anything you say aerwards. Watch out for that with 180s. Make sure the second part (the punch line) has at least as much oomph ...
Author: Evan Hoovler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Evan Hoovler uses his decades of comedy experience to engage students in the classroom—and now he’s sharing all his secrets in Teaching With Comedy. Any teacher can become more effective and engaging by laughing along with these simple exercises. Instead of using “look-at-me” tactics to get students’ attention, Hoovler wants to do the opposite—he uses humor to focus attention on the lesson (not the instructor) and guide a distracted class back on track. With anecdotes and explanations, Hoovler walks you through how to use certain jokes to keep students engaged and on task. You’ll get prompts and ideas for exercises to use in your own classes, from an expert with decades of experience. Even those who aren’t teachers will enjoy this seasoned educator’s Dave Barry-esque takes on public schools, the history of teaching, educational philosophy, and what exactly makes a joke-telling teacher good versus unbearably corny. Teaching with Comedy is the perfect gift for any teacher or comedy fan seeking light-but-meaningful reading fare.
a Freud reads this " subject " as the object of the joke's " hostile or sexual aggressiveness " ( qtd . in Flieger , 1983 , 943 ) . ... If the punch line takes too long and desire wanes in the waiting for the end , it also fails .
Author: Earl G. Ingersoll
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Waiting for the End examines two dozen contemporary novels within the context of a half century of theorizing about the function of ending in narrative. That theorizing about ending generated a powerful dynamic a quarter-century ago with the advent of feminist criticism of masculinist readings of the role played by ending in fiction. Feminists such as Theresa de Lauretis in 1984 and more famously Susan Winnett in her 1991 PMLA essay, Coming Unstrung, were leading voices in a swelling chorus of theorist pointing out the masculinist bias of ending in narrative. With the entry of feminist readings of ending, it became inevitable that criticism of fiction would become gendered through the recognition of difference transcending a simple binary of female/male to establish a spectrum of masculine to feminine endings, regardless of the sex of the writer. Accordingly, Waiting for the End examines pairs of novels - one pair by Margaret Atwood and one by Ian McEwan - to demonstrate how a writer can offer endings at either end of the gender spectrum.
good punch line. However, they did not agree about the dosage of this expansion. Some people liked really long, spun-out jokes, others lost patience more quickly. Spinning something out is a technique with a clear risk, something all ...
Author: Giselinde Kuipers
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This is an updated edition of Good Humor, Bad Taste: A Sociology of the Joke, published in 2006. Using a combination of interview materials, survey data, and historical materials, it explores the relationship between humor and gender, age, social class, and national differences in the Netherlands and the United States. This edition includes new developments and research findings in the field of humor studies.
A long setup is justified when its purpose is to ratchet up tension that will pay off in a big laugh. For an example I have retooled a generic joke: Setup: It's getting tough to have a conversation with my grandfather.
Author: Stephen Rosenfield
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Category: Performing Arts
Stephen Rosenfield, founder and director of the American Comedy Institute, the premier comedy school in the United States, has taught literally dozens of major standup comics in North America, and has also pioneered comedy as an academic discipline in many universities, a trend that is rapidly spreading. Mastering Stand-Up draws on Rosenfield's own extensive experience (and those of countless stars like Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Rodney Dangerfield, Louis C.K., Steve Martin, Roseanne, and Johnny Carson) to show the reader—and would-be comic—what works, what doesn't, and why. Forty sharply written chapters cover every conceivable angle of the joke and how to tell it. There are a number of books on comedy and how to do it, but none has the breadth and authority Rosenfield brings to his theme. It's not for nothing that the New York Times has described him as "probably the best-known comedy teacher in the country." Rosenfield's book is sure to become the classic text on its subject. And it should help thousands who long to make others laugh to realize their fondest hopes.
A good joke can be killed simply in the telling; using emphasis in the wrong place, forgetting the punchline, ... The joke is too long; Isaac Asimov, in his Treasury of Humor,13 points out that attempting to tell a long joke 'bears its ...
Author: Sandi Mann
Publisher: Hachette UK
Are we living in an age where we are more boredom-prone? Or are other people boring us? Or could we be that boring person?! In our current information age, we are constantly connected to technology, and have so many varied ways to spend our leisure time that we should all surely never know what boredom feels like. Yet, boredom appears to be on the rise; it seems that the more we have to stimulate us, the more stimulation we crave. In a quest to relieve our boredom, we engage in dangerous risk-taking - from extreme sports to drugs to gambling to anti-social behaviour, or we overindulge in shopping or eating. The Science of Boredom explores the causes and consequences of boredom in the fast-paced twenty-first century. Parents are desperate to keep their children entertained during every waking moment, the education system is geared towards interactivity, and attention spans are dropping as we use multiple devices at all times. But the world of work can be increasingly repetitive and routine, and we are losing the ability to tolerate this everyday tedium. Using Sandi Mann's own ground-breaking research into boredom, this book tells the story of how we act, react and cope when we are bored, and argues that there is a positive side to boredom. It can be a catalyst for humour, fun, reflection, creativity and inspiration. The radical solution to the 'boredom problem' is to harness it rather than try to avoid it. Allowing yourself time away from constant stimuli can enrich your life. We should all embrace our boredom and see the upside of our downtime.
If it's too long, they're all sitting there a bit impatiently thinking, “Boy, this had better be good.” Why create that kind of pressure for yourself and your jokes? Here's a wordy joke about buying a puppy: “My husband went out and ...
Author: Gene Perret
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Category: Performing Arts
Three-time Emmy Award-winner Gene Perret's ""Comedy Writing Step by Step"" has been the manual for humor writers for 25 years. In this new book, his first update, Perret offers readers a treasure trove of guidelines and suggestions covering a broad range of comedy writing situations, along with many all-important insights into the selling of one's work. Perret covers all aspects of comedy writing in his uniquely knowledgeable and anecdotal fashion.
The audience stared back at him, politely confused, waiting for the next bit. ... If an individual joke seems too long before it gets to the punchline, perhaps it would be worthwhile to go over it with a fine-tooth comb.
Author: Logan Murray
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Performing Arts
LEARN HOW TO WRITE AND PERFORM STAND UP COMEDY. A new edition of Be A Great Stand-Up, now fully revised and updated with new material on setting up and running a comedy night and mining almost any subject for jokes. Logan Murray has successfully taught the techniques of stand-up comedy to thousands, and in this book he distills his years of experience into the essential skills for a great and enjoyable performance. He will help you find your creative streak and your funny side, build the confidence to deliver, and explain the finer details of stagecraft, from dealing with hecklers to coping with props. There is a full guide to the practicalities, from finding gigs to securing an agent, with plenty of valuable hints, tips and advice. Drawing on Logan's years of teaching and his own successful stand-up career, with top tips from some of the most well-known people in the business, it is guaranteed to bring a smile to both your face and that of your future audience. As well as full updates throughout the book, this new edition contains fresh material on how to set up and run a comedy night, mine any subject for jokes and advice on festivals. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.
Had it been George, he might have been killed. Had it been Marty...” Long scowled and nudged open the hot-water faucet with his left foot. “But I'm inclined to believe that the catching of the foot was not really part of the joke as ...
Author: R. A. MacAvoy
Publisher: Open Road Media
The Campbell Award–winning author’s follow-up to Tea with the Black Dragon: “Wow! MacAvoy’s done it again” (Anne McCaffrey, New York Times–bestselling author). Mayland Long, aka the Black Dragon, has been enjoying a peaceful relationship with Martha Macnamara—but suddenly they face threats from seemingly every side. A wild psychic force is loose in the world; Martha’s three-year-old granddaughter has been kidnapped; and one of her Celtic musician friends has been found dead, hanging by a rope of twisted grass. Now the Black Dragon must use his wits to rescue the little girl and hunt for a killer . . . even if it brings him to a horrifying realization. In this novel, the author of The Book of Kells returns to the modern-day California of Tea with the Black Dragon, blending fantasy, mystery, Chinese lore, and a timeless love story as she so masterfully did in her debut, which earned nominations for Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and Philip K. Dick Awards. “MacAvoy supports her tale with a superbly drawn cast of characters . . . and her usual superior command of language” (Booklist).