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]
Fran Drescher was born Francine Joy Drescher on September 30th, 1957 in Flushing, Queens, New York. Today she is best known as the left-handed, Emmy award and Golden Globe nominated American film and television actress, comedian and activist. Drescher is also famous for the long running series the Nanny. At one time, the Brooklyn actress who of course became famous for her nasal voice, machine gun like laugh, widow's peak hairline and her exaggerated Queen’s accent was told that she'd never make it in show business unless she lost her thick New York accent.
Drescher was born to an Ashkenazi Jewish family of Eastern Europe origin. She grew up in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens with her parents Sylvia and Morty Drescher. Drescher herself attended Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens with fellow comedian Ray Romano. In high school, she also met her future husband, Peter Marc Jacobs... [Read Entire Bio]