Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: You Punch Like a Girl

For the past two months I’ve been writing about three methods to write lead away jokes: forward from the front, out from the middle, and backwards from the end. If you haven’t already read those introductory articles, Nice Structure and Structure? Genius!, now would be a good time. I’ll wait … Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from …

Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: Structure? Genius!

Whenever my old partner Rich Ross and I came up with a joke that was based solely on structure, usually a call back or a denial capper, we would throw our arms in the air and yell, “Structure? Genius!” We even did it when watching other people’s shows. This taught us a lot about the power of structure and it …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Nice Structure!

When comedians watch other comedians perform, they rarely laugh. If they like a joke, they nod their heads and say: “Nice structure.” If they really like a joke they say: “I used to do a bit like that.” Structures are to comedy as brushstrokes are to painting: Often invisible, absolutely necessary, and if you want to be a pro, you …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Tag, You’re It!

One of the biggest differences between amateur joke tellers and professional comedians is their use of tags. A tag, also called a “capper,” “topper,” “kicker,” or “follow up,” is a gag that uses the previous joke as its setup. Tags are one of the most powerful weapons in your comedy arsenal because it’s easier to keep an audience laughing than …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Theft? or Inspiration!

Most working comedians and jugglers agree that stealing material is wrong but the range of beliefs as to what constitutes “material” is vast. 5 club back-crosses? That’s a trick. Anyone who can do it, should. 5 club backcrosses with a balance? Good luck, but sure, give it a try. 5 club back-crosses while balancing a non-licensed, copyrighted, stuffed coyote on …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Free at Last, Free at Last

A shout out to all my comedy juggling pals: I’ve been writing a series of articles on joke writing you might want to check out. The series is titled: “Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer” so Google will think that Scotty Meltzer is a comedy writing expert. They’re illustrated by my beautiful and talented, real life American wife, not the fake …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: More Corporate Comedy

In my previous column I gave you a method to write inside jokes for corporate clients. I focused on corporate after dinner shows. The steps I suggested were: Ask your client and the attendees lots of questions to try to find inside information. It doesn’t have to be secret information, just information they all share and that will surprise them …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Corporate Comedy

There are lots of different kinds of corporate gigs: after dinner shows, awards banquets, sales meetings, customer events, convention keynotes, company picnics, holiday parties, trade shows, training sessions, and teambuilding events just to name a few. Katrine and I love corporate gigs. Aside from all the flying, it’s the most comfortable market we work in. Your shows are always indoors, …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: WWBFD?

Whenever I think about hecklers and heckler lines I ask myself WWBFD? What Would Butterfly Do? Robert Nelson, aka The Butterfly Man, was better with hecklers than any other comedy juggler I have ever seen. He was even better with hecklers than he was without them! Robert always had dozens of insults, both original and stock, ready to go without …