Funny on Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy: Standup + Improv + Sketch + TV + Writing + Directing + YouTube
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It takes guts to be a comedian, and it takes smarts to make a living off it. In this insider's guide, former Onion editor Joe Randazzo delivers a funny and insightful blueprint for those looking to turn their sense of humor into a vocation. Explaining how it works and how to break in, Joe provides tips and guidance, outlines successful career paths, and solicits advice and stories from the likes of Judd Apatow, Jack Handey, Joan Rivers, Tim & Eric, and more. From writing for TV to doing standup or developing a successful YouTube channel, Funny on Purpose gives readers the knowledge and inspiration to launch a career in comedy with confidence.
Look upon these traits. Feel their power. Find them in the work of those you enjoy and apply them to your own performances to master this most delicate, yet hilarious, of arts. Then, and only then, can you begin your eternal journey toward Getting Paid for This Shit. REL ATABILIT Y The audience needs to be able to feel for the char- acter in the same breath as they laugh at the character; to like as easily as loathe. In comedy, having some essential humanity makes everything you do easier to
of the coin, you will almost certainly come across people who probably should have quit after their ﬁrst open mic, and you don’t want to become them either. But you won’t get there for a few years, at least. For now, Just Keep Doing It. COMEDY SHOWS Now that you’ve begun to get your stage knees, which is a real term and not one that I literally just made up for this sentence, the next step is to start getting booked at comedy shows. A lot of shows when you’re ﬁrst starting out might not be much
show that’ll give you a shot. Be upfront about the fact that you’re just starting out. At ﬁrst, all you’ll get is ﬁve minutes. Later you’ll get seven minutes, and then ten, and right after that you get your own sitcom on CBS. Just kidding! You have to do a parody Twitter account about your elderly dad to get one of those. Other comics will start noticing you and asking you to come do their shows, and the next thing you know, You Are Getting Booked! THE CLUB When you think of standup comedy, you
of Lost. I mean, Congress! An Interview with Justin Willman “Do as many shows as you can. Even seemingly shitty, nonpaying ones.” Comedy has long played a part in magic, a unique craft with broad appeal to audiences of all ages. One magician who blurs the line between standup and magic is Justin Willman. He’s been the host of Cupcake Wars and Win, Lose, or Draw, and he has appeared on Ellen, most morning talk shows, and approximately four thousand podcasts. He’s even performed for Barack and
characters on a whim when we were asked to host a Kosher Christmas Comedy show at the UCB back in 2006 or 2007. We basically had been doing the voices to each other for years, just screwing around, but the minute we put them up onstage that night, it felt so effortless and natural. We knew we 193 funny on purpose stumbled on something with staying power. We knew these women so well from growing up around so many versions of them. It almost felt too easy. Ronna is very still and conﬁdent.