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or as Doug Benson
suggests “Follow that A-hole”
Posted on 05/22/2015
I recorded the audio from my Roast Battle at the Comedy Store against Wub Savell. Take a listen.
Posted on 05/09/2015
Trevor Smith and I are producing a monthly show starting May 15th, 2015. They’re taking place at a pretty eccentric venue, the California Institute of Abnormalarts. I tend to describe it as a freak show museum, and I can honestly say I’ve never been to any place like it. Click on the pic and like […]
Posted on 03/19/2015
Sarah Morisano had me on her podcast, CRUSHED, and I had fun doing it. She and I used to run a mic together.
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Harry’s early jobs included building unicycles and burying rabbits. He speaks French, Spanish, Russian… sorry, I mean he speaks to French, Spanish, and Russian people, but only in English. He was fluent in mandolin, but has recently forgotten all the VANDERTRAMP chords.
Harry’s been performing stand-up comedy throughout the United States and Canada for several years, including spots in Gilda’s LaughFest, the World Series of Comedy, Laughing Skull Festival, Laugh Your Asheville Off, and Comcast’s Trial By Laughter. He also writes and produces comedic shorts.
Harry currently resides in Hollywood, CA, not to be confused with Hollywood, Mars. If you’re the paparazzi or just a devoted stalkerfan, Harry can often be found in his bed or in the bathroom, and occasionally the kitchen.
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The Stand-Up comedy Writing Process
I like to let the mind run wild, like a pack of corgis in a park hyped on doggie uppers. Every once in a while, one of those corgis face-plants and it tickles me inside. It comes without warning there's no story to it or justification. As a stand-up comedian, I have to figure out whether or not it was genuinely fun for the whole family, ages 5 and up (you just don't "get it" until you're 5). Sometimes the thought is only funny in an insider manner, or in the imaginary striking vengence against those who have wronged me manner. Those thoughts, of course, result in a different kind of laughter - the kind that starts with muhoo before the first ha - and are usually easy enough to distinguish. If, however, the thought can be construed as funny on a universoul level, then I say, hey, let's soil some paper.
2. The Breakdown
The thought is in my head and I, as a stand-up comedian, want to relay it. No one else was in my head to witness what went down, so it's up to my words to do the experience justice. I have to break down the story - what was the sequence of events, what's must-have info, why is this funny? My style is not unlike the detectives on crime scene investigations shows, unraveling the tale by putting together how they tick, with a splash of unforgivable puns along the way. Did I say splash? I meant liter; no less than a liter of puns, punishable by disdain (e.g. what just went down). A lot of coffee and science are involved, including pieces of technology that seem far-fetched and oddly specific to the scenario at hand, whatever it takes to break the joke. This takes roughly 42 minutes with several commercial breaks at cliffhanger moments.
3. The Presentation
The key to good stand-up comedy is presentation. I rehearse the bit a few times aloud whilst I'm alone. I never do this in front of a mirror, as it looks like the person I'm telling the joke to is not only laughing at what I'm saying, but rudely speaking while I perfrom. The man in the mirror has no manners, but by god does he look good. Reciting the joke aloud allows me to hear what words work well together and which sound awkward, clunky, or are difficult to ennounciate. The smoother the joke flows, the easier it is to remember. For everyone who is just starting out in joke writing, I strongly suggest writinging in iambic pentamter for recital purposes. Shakespeare did it and that dude was hilarious. I recite it until I'm confident in the wording, then I bring it to shows to see how people respond. Comedy in Los Angeles is competitive and confidence in performance is key. Confidence sways.
4. The Tweak
Every time I say a joke, I like to adjust it. Even if it's an incredibly slight alteration, a joke can always be better. I don't aim to write on stage, but I'm down with adding tags in the heat of the moment. I think of adding bit and tags to jokes like adding butter to food - there can never be enough butter, I don't care what your doctor or European friend says. The goal in stand-up comedy is to create a joke that is fun for every audience, but there's never an end to the tweaking, as a joke can always be tweaked.