How to Write a Joke

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Comedy101 COURSE 2018 How to Write a Joke

Learn about Set-ups Punchlines and Jokes

Comedy101 How to Write a Joke teaches members basic elements of joke writing, including the set-up and punchline.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to write hand crafted, original jokes
  • Analyze the quality jokes and resulting laughter
  • Develop new, innovative comedy material
  • Conduct a review of material for artistic satisfaction and improvement

Key Results

  • Understand the difference between a premise and a joke.
  • Build a list of ideas for jokes and stand-up comedy material.
  • Observe stand-up comedy and determine the premise, set-up and punchline of jokes.
  • Write a joke for your stand-up comedy material.

Who should take this course?

  • Stand-up comedians that want to write funny, original jokes.
  • People writing their first stand-up comedy routine.
  • Professional comedians that want to join private conversations about jokes.
  • Amateur comedians that want to join a a robust conversation about their ideas for comedy routines.
  • Comedy writers interested in writing jokes for monologues.

Course Features

  • Lectures 9
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 0
  • Assessments Yes
Hi! I'm Chuck Roy, professional stand-up comedian. I teach Comedy at the Community College of Denver and online at Comedy101. You may benefit from my experiences performing in TV Shows like Will & Grace and 3rd Rock from the Sun, plus movies like Ralphie May Presents and Louie Anderson Presents.


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