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]
Comedian, singer, actor and writer Robert Klein was born on February 2nd, 1942 in the Bronx, New York. He has hosted Saturday Night Live twice and been a regular guest on The Tonight Show, as well as a guest host for the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. But his early interest fell outside the world of comedy. He graduated from Dewitt Clinton High School and entered Alfred University as a pre-med student. He graduated in 1962 with a BA in Political Science and History, but secretly he longed to get into drama and acting.
Klein’s first experience with the stage came long before he was known as a professional comic. In the early 1950s, he sang with a group called The Teen Tones. The group appeared on The Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour singing Sunday Kind Of Love and won.
While attending Yale, Klein enrolled in Drama. In March of 1965, he audition... [Read Entire Bio]