Comedy cookbook: Simon Evans’s perfect story

Some say comedy is simply storytelling with a thick injection of humour. While it can be all that and more, this next comic is someone who really gives justice to that phrase. I give you: Simon Evans! Welcome back to the Comedy cookbook - a mini series on this blog which looks at the factors … Continue reading Comedy cookbook: Simon Evans’s perfect story

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Comedy cookbook: Jimeoin’s masterful simplicity

It was all-the-sweeter because I'd never heard of him. I'd never came across his strangely-spelled name. Never even dared to look into Irish comics. But when a friend sat me down to watch a set by Jimeoin (pronunciation┬ásounds like you're saying "Jim Owen" really fast), I was just blown away. Welcome back to the Comedy … Continue reading Comedy cookbook: Jimeoin’s masterful simplicity

Comedy cookbook: The rule of three

There's something about the number three in comedy. Something about the third time lucky. The third time funny. Welcome back to the Comedy Cookbook. The mini-series in this blog which looks at how comedy actually works. The Rule of three: A comic establishes a situation or statement and keeps coming back to it. The second … Continue reading Comedy cookbook: The rule of three

Comedy cookbook: Eddie Murphy’s hard act to follow

Dave Chappelle's craziness, Bernie Mac's delivery and Eddie Murphy's acting. That, for a long time, was my personal formula for "The Perfect Comic". Life has taught me that there's no such thing. Comedy has taught me that there's only one Eddie Murphy and my goodness, does he do his thing well. An "act-out" (as Judy … Continue reading Comedy cookbook: Eddie Murphy’s hard act to follow

Comedy cookbook: Jim Breuer’s killer concept

Every now and then a comic conjures up a masterpiece. A joke so striking in its resonance, so clever in its composition that it becomes an instant all-timer. What makes them work? How is it that you respond to them so well? This, ladies and gentlemen, is the comedy cookbook. A mini-series on the blog … Continue reading Comedy cookbook: Jim Breuer’s killer concept