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POV - Point Of View

People have strong differences of opinion and that's why it's important to have a point of view. You have to have a point of view if you want your comedy to get noticed. For example, if you want to write a joke about financial hardship, you'll have to have a point of view on the matter. "I love being broke!"

People want to hear from someone who has a strong point of view.

Will they agree with your point of view? Maybe, maybe not. But they will be interested none the less. And people can't be interested if they don't know what you're saying! So, it's up to you to make sure your point of view is clear and consistent.

Pick a point of view (POV) , and stick with it.

Our advice is to pick a point of view and be consistent in the way that you express yourself. This will not only ensure your bit has a consistent voice throughout, but it will also help you write an interesting set.  A good way to think about this is to picture a debate. If you're arguing for proposal A, then you're obligated to make your points for that proposal and against. If you're arguing for proposition B, then you're obligated to make your points for that proposition, and against proposal A. Not only does this make stronger arguments, but it also helps your piece to flow better and be more cohesive.

The stronger you commit to a scene the more funny it will be because the audience will know how you got there.

The best types of jokes are the ones that you think of yourself, or that you can tell because of something unique about you or your life experience. The stronger you commit to a point of view with your jokes, the more you'll find yourself thinking in an absurdist, funny way about your life, and the more the audience will understand where you are coming from. This can also help you get more creative with your comic story lines. If you're writing a dark comedy, you want to make sure your jokes are in line with the tone of the story.

"Oh yea, you're right. When something like that happens to people, they say that kind of thing."

"A guy like that would think that way when that happens to them." is what audiences think when you use a strong point of view. Use a point of view to present ideas that your audience can relate to and that they haven't heard before. When you do, they will be more likely to respond to it.

Using a different voice helps to break up the monotony of using the same tone of voice throughout a set and also helps illustrate your intent/what you're actually trying to get across with these jokes.

When you do an act out as a character in the joke you change the POV which creates interest and helps to better illustrate whatever setup or punchline you're delivering. If you're delivering a setup where you describes scenes like a sitcom, you could stand behind the couch and talk about the person, which helps to illustrate where the person is coming from and how this is all going to play out. If you are delivering a punchline you can do a Groucho Marx eye wiggle to show it's a joke by doing a physical gesture that is part of the joke and then finishing with the punchline, which will help the audience remember it. These are just a couple of basic examples and there is a lot more to it, but these will help get your feet wet.

Whatever your POV in your act commit to it 100% and the funny will flow.

Whoever you are, whoever you want to be, whatever you believe in, whatever you're passionate about, whatever made you want to get on stage and whatever your POV is in your act commit to it 100% and the funny will flow.

All the best professional stand-up comedians use really strong points of view.

Also important to note, some people will get angry if you tell jokes about them. For example, if you're doing a joke about your mother-in-law and how mean she is, and she's in the audience, then you might be in trouble!

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1 thought on “Point Of View

  1. Great article. Would have loved to see examples: what are specific jokes where the comic committed a point of view and it came out great? What are example jokes that come out weak because there isn’t a commitment to a point of view?

    In general the article is very high level and conceptual; for the reader it would be really helpful to see it applied at the level of example joke writing.

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