Been wracking my brain all day for a new blog to chuck up. So started to do some writing and boom it hit me.
The importance of a flowing set. I am editing a new show. Its going well I got material, plenty, but as per the last blog, I never stop writing
But once you have the material, how do you structure it. Its important no matter what your set is time wise, 6 minutes or 60 it flows. There is a rhythm to it. A good set seems like it just happened right there in front of an audience. It seems like its a fluid stream of improvised funniness that is spontaneous. Of course its not. Its a ruse.
So how do you do it. Well its gotta pop off. Start with a bang. You got to get that crowd laughing from the get go. If they have not had a good laugh in the first 30 seconds to a minute, you are failing. And you got to end even stronger! The last joke has to be the best you got.
From that first joke to the last the material has got to blend from one joke to another. If your have structured your jokes right, the audience wont even know one joke is finished before they are half way through the next. By the end of the show they wont know how you got from morning people to funerals. So you got to list your jokes. Have a good grasp of what each one is (as you have polished them up at open mics you hope you would) and how it starts and finishes. Do you have another joke that starts at the last ending point? boom stick them together. But you have to also keep in mind your end goal. What is your last big joke. Your last joke should be your best one. Your A+ material that you know will kill them. So you got to find jokes that start of strong. Flow in the middle and leave them dying in the end.
This can take a lot of juggling and test runs. But once you got it your in for a killer show.
The best I have seen of this is Jim Gaffigan. A master at blending jokes in. His Mr Universe special is almost seamless.
This is the challenge I have currently. I think i got it, but time will tell!