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]
Artie Lange was born Arthur Steven Lange, Jr. on October 11th, 1967. Today Lange is best known as an American actor, stand-up comedian, author and radio personality, most notable for replacing Jackie Martling on The Howard Stern Show. Lange was also part of the original cast member of the Fox sketch series MADtv. Lange has frequently joked about his bad luck with movies, naming Mystery Men as his worst film of all time. In fact, Lange claims that his mother and sister called him from the movie theater to ask if he had any other scenes because they wanted if it was okay to leave yet. His politically incorrect material often consists largely of observational bits and storytelling. Lange is often compared to one of his idols, John Belushi, likely because both struggled with weight as well as drug and alcohol addiction. Lange was born at St. Barnabas to Judy, a homemaker and Arthu... [Read Entire Bio]