What does it mean when someone says your timing is off? Tonight material that always works fell flat. And I started to wonder why. It may have been the same material I always do, but it wasn't in the same order. It wasn't delivered with the same subtle inflections. I didn't deliver it remotely close to the manner I usually do. At one point my dad dying of stage four cancer got a sympathy applause break. Talk bout throwing the audience for a loop. I've had sympathy laughter before; I have never had a sympathy applause break. On the drive home I realized the cadence was wrong. There's a reason I sometimes will work in a story with a long set up. I used to think it was to get the audience to practice listening. Tonight I realized I use long stories to intentionally change the cadence of the delivery.
New Ranking: Analyzing The Subjective Nature Of Comedy
DRAFT TWOWhy do some people find things funny while others find the same humor a dreadful waste of their time? To answer this question, I looked up some negative reviews of Fletch. Fletch was the first comedy I ever saw. So, no doubt, when I saw it my standards were lower. I had neither seen the magnitude of comedians I have seen today and I had never toured Montana spouting off my own material that I often thought was brilliant while they would respond, “Who’s the idiot on stage and doesn’t he know most of us have never left this city or this bar?” And I had never written a humor column or watched a comedy film until that day. It was the day I learned how contagious laughter could be. I have never laughed harder or more in an hour and a half since. Looking back, it shape... [Read Entire Article]
Posted September 6, 2009 by Shayne Michael under Writing
Pat Cooper was born Pasquale Caputo on July 31st, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York. He is an American comedian best known for his stand-up comedy. He often makes fun of his Italian heritage hailing from Mola di Bari, Italy. He was also a frequent guest on many radio shows in the 1980s, in particular Howard Stern.
Early in his life, Cooper dropped out of Manual Training High School, in Brooklyn no less than twice. Afterwards, he was a sixth generation bricklayer. He continued laying bricks for twelve years. He also had a short career as a furrier in Manhattan's Garment District. At the time, Cooper spent weekends telling jokes at neighborhood block parties and local charity events. Within a few years, he was playing comedy clubs too.
During the 1960's Cooper recorded a series of albums for United Artists Records including: Our Hero, Spaghetti Sauce and Other Delights, You Don't Have... [Read Entire Bio]