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 →

Some Terms 

Over the past couple of weeks I've introduced some new terms and ideas to the blog. There are also two that I've heard or talked about recently but haven't written about. I'll be adding these to the Glossary as well. Feel free to write in your own terms that you think belong in the comedy... Continue Reading →

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