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Slay then gets many more laughs off the topic “Two-Weeks’ Notice.”

Act-Out Practice Session 1

Say these bits out loud to get the feel of doing an act-out:

My father’s been on my ass my entire life, constantly questioning me. I was an altar boy, he asks me, [actout] ‘Do they pay you for this shit at the church? You making any money?’ I then ask the priest for a raise, [act-out] ‘Listen, we know what’s going on here, you’re collecting a lot of money during the mass, and no one’s getting a cut.’ The priest is like, [act-out] ‘We don’t pay for mass, we only pay for funerals.’ I say, ‘Put me on the funeral circuit, I’ll start working funerals!

—Sebastian Maniscalso

It’s weird how you can tell a lot about a guy by the way they play tennis. I played with this one guy and he couldn’t say ‘thirty-love.’ He keeps saying [actout] ‘Thirty-I really like you, but I still have to see other people.’

—Rita Rudner

You ever walked into a plate-glass window? What’s weird is—two things are happening there. Pain and embarrassment, but pain takes a back seat to embarrassment, doesn’t it? Because, no matter how much pain you’re in, people are laughing. You just laugh along with them. [act-out] ‘Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! Bam! I just slammed right into that, didn’t I? Isn’t that funny? It’s so clean and shiny. Someone should put a sticker or a happy face or something. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! Isn’t that funny? Oh my, is that blood? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! I’m bleeding. Isn’t that funny I’m bleeding? Oh my! Can you help me find my eye?’

—Ellen DeGeneres

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EXERCISE 7: Finding Your Comedy Buddy

Comedy Bible Workbook > Exercises > Exercise 7:

My Comedy Buddy

Go to the The Comedy Bible Fan Page and post a description of the kind of buddy you’d like to work with. Best to post not just what you’re looking for, but what you can contribute to someone else. You’ll find a match faster than a virgin on a dating app.

EXERCISE 21: Researching Pro Comics

Comedy Bible Workbook > Exercises > Exercise 21: Researching Pro Comics for Joke Structure

Watch Jerry Seinfeld try out new jokes and bomb in the documentary, I’m Telling You for the Last Time. It will show you that every comic bombs!