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]
Woody Harrelson was born Woodrow Tracy Harrelson on July 23rd, 1961 in Midland, Texas. Today Harrelson is best known as a comic actor who became famous for his role as the airhead/ bartender who replaced the character known as Ernie Pantusso AKA Coach on Cheers. Aside from his break through role, Harrelson has aslo had memorable roles in the films Kingpin, White Men Can't Jump, Natural Born Killers and the recent release Zombieland.Harrelson was the son of Diane Lou and Charles Voyde Harrelson, who Harrelson shares a birthday with. His parents divorced only three years after Harrelson’s birth in 1964. He has two brothers, Jordan and Brett, who is a professional motorcycle racer. In 1979, in San Antonio, Federal Judge John H. Wood, Jr. was shot and killed by rifle fire by Harrelson's father. Charles Harrelson was convicted and sentenced to two life sentences in maximum security ... [Read Entire Bio]