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Judy Carter
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A note from Judy

Standup and Speakers

Use this technique to write funnier material

By Judy Carter

I've got a new favorite set-up I'm using that's so new it's not even in "The Comedy Bible." I call it, "Reluctant Admissions" and here's how it works:  I make a big, bold statement of "truth" and then I have to admit that it was actually a total lie.  Now, here's how you put it into action...

Recently, I was performing for a Canadian audience and I said:

[STATEMENT] "We have so much in common, you're from Canada - I'm from Canada!"

[ADMISSION ONE] "Well, not exactly 'Canada' Canada...'"

[ADMISSION TWO] "Actually, that's just what I tell people when I'm travelling through France."

Here's another example:

[STATEMENT] I lost 120 pounds!

[ADMISSION ONE] Well... I didn't exactly lose all of it at once.

[ADMISSION TWO] Well, actually - I just lost and gained the same 10 pounds twelve times.

Your turn now. Riff on this:

 

[STATEMENT] I finished my first 5K yesterday!

[ADMISSION ONE]

[ADMISSION TWO]

And you don't have to be a comic to add this to your spiel. It's a great opening joke for speakers and comics alike!

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