New Ranking: Editing Jokes 2/2: Consistent Characters
Writing about yourself usually starts with writing about how you look and feel. Editing starts when you have how you look and how you feel down pat. Writing about secondary characters also begins with the same, simple physical observations. Where should you start editing the other characters in your act? Don't start by editing the jokes. Edit the characters themselves. Make them believable. Bring them to life by asking yourself questions. Do the characters make sense? Do the images flow logically from the jokes the characters deliver? For instance, if one character is getting dates left and right, yet your audience is visualizing a poorly dressed slob, something is wrong. Start with the following questions:
What type of character is this: Real, fictional, or a composite?
What is the person's name?
How do they look?
Are they fat, slim, or athletic?
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Ralphie May was born February 1st, 1972 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is a veteran comic whose popularity exploded as the runner up winner on the first season of Last Comic Standing behind first-place winner Dat Phan. May is also a morbidly obese comedian who at one point he weighed over 800 pounds, though these days he’s lost a considerable amount of weight. Early in his youth, May dropped out of High School from Clarksville, Arkansas and moved to Houston, Texas to pursue a career in comedy. There, May also went to The Performing Arts of Houston, where he graduated second in his class.
May knew he wanted to do standup comedy at the age of nine. He got his inspiration from Sam Kinison, Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Doug Stanhope. May would begin performing at the age of 13. By the age of 17, he was doing stand-up professionally. Then, only three year... [Read Entire Bio]