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]
Janeane Garofalo was born on September 28th, 1964. She is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and political activist well known for her brief stint with Saturday Night Live. Garofalo describes herself as a pessimist and often joked: "The glass is always half empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth”
Garofalo was born in Newton, New Jersey. Her mother died of cancer when Garofalo was only 24. She grew up in Ontario, California, Madison, New Jersey; and Katy, and Texas where she graduated from James E. Taylor High School. While studying history in Providence, Garofalo entered a comedy talent search sponsored by Showtime. In doing so, she was named the Funniest Person in Rhode Island. After she graduated college with degrees in history and American studies, she worked as a bike messenger, a shoe salesperson, a waitress and temp secretary as she strugg... [Read Entire Bio]