Friday, December 5, 2014
I'm still looking for inspiration, and funny ideas in my everyday life. A lot of funny things happen to me, so it's crucial that I make note of any humorous events or ideas. The writing process has been going good, but writing funny material is more difficult then I thought! I find myself excited over a really funny idea, but then when I go to expound upon it, the idea turns out to boring and not funny. I'm extremely nervous about not being funny when it comes time to do my standup. There is nothing more annoying then somebody who desperately tries to be funny, and fails miserably. Think about it, we all know a person who tells "funny" stories and you just sit their smiling pretending like its funny. The worst is when you laugh at the wrong part, when their like, "and then my grandpa died" and you start bursting out laughing. (Was that funny?? I think it was!) Anyways, the point is I want people to effortlessly think I'm funny. I want people to laugh so hard that they forget about their problems, and that their face hurts from smiling. I have a big goal, but I know if I spend a lot of time working on my material, and I believe in myself, then I can accomplish my goal.
Friday, November 21, 2014
I've started to write a few jokes! I've found the way I come up with jokes very bizarre. One of my jokes, is a real event that happened last year. I have this really hilarious story about getting kicked out of DisneyWorld, and I've told the story so many times, that without knowing, I have actually created a perfectly worded joke for my stand up show! Two weeks ago, I came up with a really funny idea simply by sitting on my phone and snapchatting my friends. I was making a double-chin face to send to my friend, when I realized that it was actually a really funny scenario, that I could totally make a joke about! For me, I think my jokes are funniest when I say them out loud, as if I was talking to a friend, so I started talking about snapchat into my recording app on my phone, made a few tweaks, and then did it again! It was that easy! One of my biggest fears about writing stand up, is that when I perform it, my material would sound awkward, or too rehearsed. I'm trying to prevent that by using real situations that have actually happened to me. Also, like I said before, writing my stand up in a format of a casual talk with a friend will hopefully make it more fluent, and less awkward. Even though I have wrote two good jokes so far, I must say, I've also wrote some pretty brutal ones as well! I was at the grocery store the other day, and some lady was blocking the whole canned food section trying to select corn. At the time, I thought this was hilarious, so I put the idea in my Notes app on my phone. When I got home I went to write material for the "hilarious" event that had occurred try to explain it to someone, it really wasn't all that funny. It was actually more depressing that a lady could take THAT long to select corn! So I sat down, started writing down funny things about the lady, taking careful note of how she dressed, how she talked, basically any detail I could think of I wrote down, then I went to talk about the lady out loud, and mid story I realized, "Yeah, this is really dumb!" So I just laughed at it, and now I know, some moments, are "you had to be there moments" and I decided to leave it at that.
Friday, November 14, 2014
My project has going pretty good so far! I have been spending a lot of time writing standup material, and watching videos of my favorite comedians to get inspired. This past week I have been watching my favorite comedian, Aziz Ansari's standup specials. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to get in contact with Aziz, I am hoping that he may be able to help me write my material, or at least read it to give me feedback. I was on Twitter last night, and I saw that Aziz posted a link to a reddit forum where he was asking people questions for his new book. I decided to let Aziz know about my project on the forum, and I am hoping that I get a response from him. Also, I have been working on writing my standup, and that is going pretty well! I've been taking note of funny things that have happen in my daily life, and anything else that pops in my mind. I find it a lot easier to write my material, when it already have notes and ideas. I wrote and recorded my first piece of material, it is a two minute joke about snap chatting. I've showed it to a few friends and they think it's really funny! I'm very excited to continue working on my standup, and I hope all goes well!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Everyday, I tackle a lot of hardships in my life. In high school, everyone is extremely stressed out, and only focuses on themselves. Many people I come across are unfriendly. I find this extremely disturbing. I believe that it is so important to communicate with others, and in an ever stressful, and sometimes depressing world, laughter can connect us all. Everyday, I come to school with a smile on my face. I connect with people by a simple joke. Even though telling jokes, or doing silly things might not make everyone's problems go away, it will at least help them to forget their problems. If I can help people to forget their problems, for even just a second, then I have done my job. Comedy speaks to me in a way that nothing else can. When I'm having a bad day and nothing seems to go right, having a laugh keeps me from crying. I've loved to make people laugh ever since I was a little kid, and my biggest dream in life is to make every single person on this planet smile. For my twenty time project, I want to do a standup comedy show for my family, friends, and fellow members of the community. By doing this, I hope to teach people the importance of laughter and comedy, and simply live out a dream of mine.