Tools for Writing Stand Up Comedy: The Notebook

Helpful because: Organizes jokes.

Example of a Notebook

Writing down your jokes organizes and stores them. Picture taken from blog.splunk.net

Problem:

A couple weeks ago I was going to go on-stage and do a five minute stand up set at a local open mic.  I knew what bits I wanted to do, but I kept forgetting all the jokes and how they went together.  Then I had trouble remembering what bits I originally intended to use–it was bad.  I had no notebook.

My jokes are stored on my voice recorder.  Now don’t get me wrong, the voice recorder is a great tool to use, and I’ll explain why on a later date, but there was one big problem.  I have so much stuff on my voice recorder that finding the exact jokes I wanted to use was very time consuming.

Lesson Learned:

Write down your jokes into a notebook.  Carrying one around isn’t a bad idea either because you never know when you’ll come up with a great joke, and if you don’t write it down there’s a chance it will be lost forever.  That’s what I’m doing now, writing down my jokes.

What you use as a notebook is up to you, but the important thing is that the jokes are written down so they are stored for future use.

Once they’re written down the jokes can be adjusted if necessary, you can adjust the order to use them in, and they’re easier to memorize.  To be a stand up comic you need to be prepared, and part of being prepared in having your jokes ready before going on stage.

I hope this helps you as much as it’s helping me.

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