Ever sit next to someone at a crowded movie theater? If we thought aloud,

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the conversation might go like this:

  • “Don’t worry, I hate sitting next to strangers too.”
  • “It’ll be awkward at first, but at least we both like Mark Wahlberg.”
  • “Let’s make sure we both make an effort to avoid resting our arms on the arm rest between us. I know neither of us will be using it, but it’s all about respect.”
  • “Our knees may accidentally touch during the movie. Please don’t make it look obvious when you move yours away. It’ll hurt my feelings.Use the “Laugh & Move” technique. During a part of the movie, laugh uncontrollably to the point that your body moves, and your knee just naturally follows.It’s ok if it’s during a sad part of the movie. It has to be done.”
  • “It’s okay if we high five each other during the movie. After all, it is a Mark Walberg.flick”
  • “When the movie’s over, there will be no need for good byes. Just go and don’t look back.Chances are, our paths will cross again. Ted Part III is only a year away.”


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Dating in El Paso, Texas

The last girl I dated was a stay at home mom. Her ankle bracelet didn’t let her go more than 10 feet away from her house.


A Joke in its Infancy


It always amazes me when a new joke comes out of the gate and works! This bit has a lot of the joke writing elements to it that are crucial to its success. Rather than get in to the technical aspect of the joke, I’ll let you just enjoy it!

Doing the Same Jokes

One of the biggest obstacles facing a stand up comic is the constant repeating of the same material. It’s not much of a big deal when you are performing your set in front of a different audience every night, but it becomes quite a dilemma when performing in front of friends and family that have seen you on stage before. Those that understand the evolution of a joke know that each performance is a step in the process of perfecting your material. Although the audience may be hearing the same “bit”, they may not realize that you have added something different to it. Maybe it’s a word, a phrase or a facial expression. What ever the addition is, it is a step toward getting the joke “just right”. Personally, I’m still working on jokes that I wrote 7 years ago! Here’s one that evolved over the years:

Original version: Mexicans love to party. They have quinceaneras, weddings, baby showers…and all for the same girl.

Evolution: Mexicans love to party. In the last 3 months alone, in my family, we’ve already had a quinceanera, baby shower, wedding… and all for the same girl.

Evolution: instead of “and all for the same girl”, added, “That was a BIG day for my little cousin!”

Evolution: After adding, “That was a BIG day for my little cousin!” added the tag, “She’s a slut!”

After 7 years, the joke as it stands today: Mexicans love to party. In the last 3 months alone, in my family, we’ve already had a quinceanera, baby shower, wedding. That was a BIG day for my little cousin! She’s a slut! Ladies, that’s 3 parties and 1 dress! We put that sucker on lay away when she was 6!

Most jokes like these may start on a “hacky” premise like a Mexican 15 year old who is pregnant, but it’s what the comic does to it to make it more original that matters. In this joke, I took something familiar to my culture and added to it to make it more personal. The laughter comes when a connection to the audience has been made on a level they can identify with.

Here’s a toast to those that go out and support your friends or family on their stand up comedy career! You attend the shows expecting to hear some of the same jokes and fully understand why it has to be done, and you still support us! Without you, an audience is just not the same!