“Juggler” In 20 Languages 

Knowing how to point at myself and say "juggler" in a bunch of languages has helped ease my way through many a customs line, security check, and immigration interview. Even just having the word written down on a piece of paper has helped when I spoke neither the language nor understood the alphabet. Here is... Continue Reading →

The Easy Way To Try New Jokes 

Hammocking is the term used to describe the process of putting a weak joke or bit in between two strong jokes or bits. It's called that because you often find weak jokes lounging on beaches. Here is Greg Dean's definition:  “hammocking a technique for placing weaker material or improvisation between two strong comedy bits.” The... Continue Reading →

An Open Letter To Michael Davis 

Dear Mr. Davis,        I'm writing you to aplogize. For years I stole your jokes. I didn't know that's what I was doing at first. I was just doing jokes I heard other comedy jugglers say were "stock". I was also doing jokes that were suggested to be by other performers. I thought... Continue Reading →

Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer

 
Thou Shalt Not Steal  Whenever I’ve asked any group of comedy jugglers or comedy magicians where their jokes come from, most answer: “It was something that happened while I was onstage.” Almost no one says: “I stole it from someone else’s show.”  And yet, if you watch most shows, and I’m definitely including my own... Continue Reading →

Make It Yours 

Last month I wrote this post about theft in the comedy juggling community. After posting it I got many responses and it started many conversations. Some of it has been pretty interesting. There have been some lengthy email exchanges with a comedy juggler from Belgium, some confirmation that this is something that a lot of jugglers just... Continue Reading →

The Notebook 

“So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday.”  ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook  I was going to post today about taking charge... Continue Reading →

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