New Ranking: Editing Jokes 1/2: Understanding Hooks
Have you ever wondered how the best stand-up comics alive would deliver your material? Have you ever wondered why some comics are so easy to do impressions of while others make accurate impressions almost impossible? It all relates back to that comic's hook. Think of a hook as the central theme of a comedian's act. It can also be the central theme of a sitcom, movie, book, play or one-person show. Not all comics have one. However, the better ones do. Not all sitcoms have a hook either. However the ones that don't get canceled during the first season do.
Another word for hook is persona. I use the word hook because it's easier to relate back to other mediums. This pamphlet will consistently use the word hook alone. Just know, that a hook and a persona are basically the same thing.
Sometimes a comic's hook is spoken directly. These types of hooks are called catch phrases. It... [Read Entire Article]
Rosie O’Donnell was born Roseann O'Donnell on March 21st, 1962. Today she is best known as an eleven-time Emmy Award-winning American television host, stand-up comedian, actress and author. She has also been an editor of her own magazine and continues to be a celebrity blogger, gay and lesbian rights activist and a television producer. She is best friends with Madonna, whom she met on the set of the Tom Hanks film A League of Their Own. O’Donnell is alsono stranger to controversy as it has courted her as both the victim and the aggressor.
As the third of five children, O’Donnell was born in Bayside, Queens, New York. She was raised in Commack, Long Island, New York. She was the daughter of Roseann Teresa, a homemaker, and Edward Joseph O'Donnell, an electrical engineer who worked in the defense industry designing spy cameras. Joseph Edward had emigrated from County Donegal, Ir... [Read Entire Bio]