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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer and Dan Holzman: Working the Four Steps of Dan Holzman’s Framework Technique

    Jan 09, 2017 1 Comment

    PDF NOTE: While most articles on eJuggle are free to the public, this exclusive content is for IJA members only. If you're a member, Log In on the top to read the full article. If you're not a member, read about the benefits of IJA membership in the "Join the IJA" menu a...

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    Juggling Cell Phones and Beer—The Sip-Talk Trick

    Dec 15, 2014 No Comments

    PDF Juggling breathes off the spirit of innovation and creativity. The experience becomes more personal when you design your own tricks. Not to mention, it professionally brands you as the juggler with a specialized and unforgettable routine. What makes you the shining jewel among the thous...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: Hat Juggling

    Jul 29, 2014 No Comments

    PDF Variety performers have to wear many hats: writer, editor, director, performer, prop maker, agent, publicist, social media manager, even costumer. In any other form of theater, each of these jobs would be done by different people with different skills, different training, and different ...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Comedy Karaoke

    May 29, 2014 No Comments

    PDF Using volunteers is one of the easiest ways to get laughs. Adding a volunteer to a bit instantly makes it seem more spontaneous, raises the stakes, allows solo performers to do dialogue instead of just monologue, and creates opportunity for conflict—all great ingredients for comedy! ...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Mixing In Action

    Feb 22, 2014 No Comments

    PDF Last month I wrote about the three most common types of mix jokes: Mixes that apply attributes of one thing onto another Mixes that combine two familiar things to create something new Mixes that use one thing to talk about another I also presented the classic two-list method for writi...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Mixing it up

    Jan 24, 2014 No Comments

    PDF One of the most important tools in a comic’s kitchen is their mixer, and not just because we’re all bitter alcoholics. Mix jokes are a staple of the comedy diet, yet most variety performers try to survive on totally mix-free fare. In this month’s article, I’m going to help you e...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: That’s Still Not Funny!

    Dec 24, 2013 No Comments

    PDF Last month Katrine and I did trade show presentations for an audience of cancer doctors. (I wrote about how we dealt with that in my previous article: “That’s Not Funny.” This month, I pick up where we left off.) The main tactic Katrine and I employed in our comedy writing for th...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: That’s Not Funny!

    Nov 28, 2013 No Comments

    PDF KATRINE: Client wants us to make jokes about cancer. SCOTT: How much does that pay? Katrine and I just finished doing three days of shows about cancer. This was not the easiest subject we’d ever been hired to write jokes about. Our client makes scanners and linear accelerators design...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: Doctoring Jokes

    Oct 27, 2013 No Comments

    PDF “Doctor, the audience doesn’t laugh when I do this.” “Don’t do that.” To be a successful comedy writer, either for your own act or for others, you need to do more than write jokes. You also need to be able to fix jokes. Along with being a joke writer, you have to be a joke ...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: I Look At All The Funny People

    Sep 18, 2013 No Comments

    PDF I’m writing this article on the plane home from the IJA festival in Bowling Green, Ohio. What a fantastic week! If you’ve never been to an IJA festival, I highly recommend it. So much better than those magic conventions where they don’t have hover-chairs or a gauntlet. For me it w...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: You Punch Like a Girl

    Aug 22, 2013 No Comments

    PDF For the past two months I’ve been writing about three methods to write lead away jokes: forward from the front, out from the middle, and backwards from the end. If you haven’t already read those introductory articles, Nice Structure and Structure? Genius!, now would be a good time. ...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: Structure? Genius!

    Jul 14, 2013 No Comments

    PDF Whenever my old partner Rich Ross and I came up with a joke that was based solely on structure, usually a call back or a denial capper, we would throw our arms in the air and yell, “Structure? Genius!” We even did it when watching other people’s shows. This taught us a lot about t...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Nice Structure!

    Jun 12, 2013 2 Comments

    PDF When comedians watch other comedians perform, they rarely laugh. If they like a joke, they nod their heads and say: “Nice structure.” If they really like a joke they say: “I used to do a bit like that.” Structures are to comedy as brushstrokes are to painting: Often invisible, a...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Tag, You’re It!

    Mar 28, 2013 2 Comments

    PDF One of the biggest differences between amateur joke tellers and professional comedians is their use of tags. A tag, also called a “capper,” “topper,” or “follow up,” is a gag that uses the previous joke as its setup. Tags are one of the most powerful weapons in your comedy a...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Theft? or Inspiration!

    Feb 01, 2013 4 Comments

    PDF Most working comedians and jugglers agree that stealing material is wrong but the range of beliefs as to what constitutes “material” is vast. 5 club back-crosses? That’s a trick. Anyone who can do it, should. 5 club backcrosses with a balance? Good luck, but sure, give it a try. 5...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Free at Last, Free at Last

    Jan 14, 2013 1 Comment

    PDF A shout out to all my comedy juggling pals: I’ve been writing a series of articles on joke writing you might want to check out. The series is titled: “Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer” so Google will think that Scotty Meltzer is a comedy writing expert. They’re illustrated by my b...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: More Corporate Comedy

    Dec 09, 2012 No Comments

    PDF In my previous column I gave you a method to write inside jokes for corporate clients. I focused on corporate after dinner shows. The steps I suggested were: Ask your client and the attendees lots of questions to try to find inside information. It doesn’t have to be secret informatio...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Corporate Comedy

    Nov 08, 2012 2 Comments

    PDF There are lots of different kinds of corporate gigs: after dinner shows, awards banquets, sales meetings, customer events, convention keynotes, company picnics, holiday parties, trade shows, training sessions, and teambuilding events just to name a few. Katrine and I love corporate gigs...

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