One of the things I hate is when people tell me they “have a joke that I can use in my act“, then proceed to tell the me the lamest, street joke. I always let them tell it to me, and laugh to be polite, but it’s never a good or original joke.
I recently had a musician working the same event as I was “give” me this joke: You show a beer and say, “I’m going to make this beer disappear” then you drink the beer. It’s a stupid joke because everyone gets to the punchline before you can deliver, that and the payoff isn’t that good. I’m sure some hack comedy magicians will tell me they kill with that gag, and if they actually do, good for them.
One of the reasons I always let the person tell me the joke is you never know what it will spark in your brain. The joke made me think of the old Ever Filling Glass. If you’re not familiar with this, it’s a glass that you drink from and then it’s full again.
Here’s a demo video of it I found:
If you pared that trick with joke, you might have something that has a magical pay out.
You show the glass and a handkerchief. Say “the beer will disappear” and cover it with the handkerchief. Pretend to drink the beer from under the handkerchief and then show the cup almost empty. You then recover the glass, say, “it’s going to reappear…now!” and whisk the handkerchief away to show it’s now full again!
I think this would also work with Mago Murphy’s Appearing Beer Trick, you’d just have to work it slightly differently, starting with the full beer and stealing the gimmick while you pretend to drink it.
I don’t think I’ll ever do this, but it’s an idea…
Across from my stage at this fair is a firefighter booth. I know the people that are there pretty well, and they know me and my show pretty well. Yesterday they made a suggestion to my show, and it turned out great. In the show I tell a kid joke. It’s not something I’m proud … Continue reading “Advice From Everywhere…”
Across from my stage at this fair is a firefighter booth. I know the people that are there pretty well, and they know me and my show pretty well. Yesterday they made a suggestion to my show, and it turned out great.
In the show I tell a kid joke. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it fits in the spot in the show. The firefighters suggested that I put in a rim shot after the joke. I downloaded a rim shot and play it after the joke. It got a good response.
I think the rim shot acknowledges that I understand it’s not a good joke. I’ve only done it a couple of times, but I think it’s going to be a keeper. My only worry is that it makes the street joke feel cheesier…
Well, I’m one day into 14 days of hopefully getting one new joke or bit per day from my show. I gained one, but lost one. First of all, I had a thing I said, that’s not really a joke, but wanted to turn it into a joke. It’s about gluten allergies being imaginary. It’s … Continue reading “New Bits Day One”
Well, I’m one day into 14 days of hopefully getting one new joke or bit per day from my show. I gained one, but lost one. First of all, I had a thing I said, that’s not really a joke, but wanted to turn it into a joke. It’s about gluten allergies being imaginary. It’s really not me, and wasn’t funny (at this point). I’m all for poking fun at the government, education, or big business, but not someone’s health. Cutting it was the right thing.
The new bit I added yesterday worked great. It’s for my cracker card trick. I say, “I’m going catch your cracker like a seagull at the pier“, then I make my best attempt at a seagull noise. I’m tagging it with a the old kids joke, “Do you know why they call a seagull a seagull? If they flew over the bay, they’d be baygulls (bagels).” I’m then following that with another kid joke that I wrote. “I read that on a Laffy Taffy when I was a kid. The highlight of my life when I was 16 years old is that I wrote a joke that Laffy Taffy used. You want to hear it? How does a pilot take their bagel? Plain (plane)“.
While not exactly high brow comedy, it all fits, I’m not just telling a stupid joke for no reason. It fits the theme, tells them a little bit about me and allows me to get out of my comfort zone making the seagull noise. Standing in front of an audience and sqauking isn’t something I’m comfortable doing. I’m going to call yesterday WIN as I got three new laughs yesterday!