Every beginning comedy book will give you a test to determine if you are funny. No quiz will ever tell you if you can or will be a comedian. Everyone has the capacity to be funny. Most of these tests, that determine if you’re funny, are vague and read like a poorly constructed horoscope that could apply to anyone. What you answer to each question will only tell you if you’re more likely to be a comic.
Most of the time these quizzes look for dysfunction in your family. When they find that dysfunction, or signs of psychological distress, the quiz usually declares you’re fit to be a comic. Then, after hearing what you want to hear in the first page of the first chapter, you throw down your money and buy that book.
All the quiz really tells you is do you fit the profile of the average comedian. Do you have enough problems to make jokes out of. The big problem with the question... [Read Entire Article]
Gilbert Gottfried was born on February 28th, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York the youngest of three kids. He is known for his distinctive, often loud and obnoxious voice. Although he has a rather clean-cut image on TV his stand up routines can be raunchy and racially explicit. He has been described as a comedians’ comedian and an acquired taste.
At the age of 15, Gottfried began doing stand-up in New York. While doing stand-up, he kept his eyes squinted out of nervousness. Later, this would become a major trademark of his act. The created a persona and even gave it a name, Murray Abramowitz. He debuted the character on the stage at the Original Improvisation in New York City alongside fellow comedian Joe Piscopo.
He was hired to join the cast of Saturday Night Live along with Piscopo during the 1980–1981 season. However, his SNL persona was different, mellow and soft-spoken. When Di... [Read Entire Bio]