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- a line that is maded up on the spot during scripted material.
beat - this has two meanings. Either it can be used to describe
a section of material (see "bit" below) or mean
to take a a pause for some comedic effect.
behavioral jokes - using non-verbal elements to comedic effect.
This often uses emotions, character elements, body language
or sound effects. Think of Richard Pryor walking as if he
were white, etc.
bit - this has two meanings. It is a section of material,
or a part of a section depending on context. It may also mean
an entire self-contained comedic piece with its own purpose.
blue - "dirty jokes". Material
with a lot of sexual material, "potty humor" or
inappropriate language for its own sake.
bomb - to fail in a comedic performance.
booker - someone who hires comedians to perform.
callback - making reference to earlier material.
capper - the last topper (see below), geared towards getting
the biggest laugh.
catch phrase - phrase designed to be a trade mark, something
that the audience will remember the comedian for.
closer - the final joke in a set.
creative misunderstanding - a purposeful mistake in the interpretation
of an idea for a comedic effect
dying - similar to bomb, except currently
in the process of bombing.
Emcee or MC - introduces the performers and hosts the evening
gag - a joke
gag file - a file or journal of jokes to be used in the future
or to develop material.
get it - often used to describe the understanding of a joke.
headliner - the star of a larger show. The "name"
that is used to sell an evening of comedy. Usually performs
heckler - someone who interrupts, usually by shouting insults.
inside joke - a joke targeted to only a few people in an identifyable
group. Others would not have the information to "get"
joke file - a file or journal of jokes to be used in the future
or to develop material.
killing - to perform extremely well.
The opposite of dying.
line-up - a list of pieces to be performed (improv) or the
comics set to perform.
long form - collection of improvised
scenes or games based on a single audience input.
LPM or laughs per minute - a theoretical measurement of how
quickly the laughs come during a show. The idea being that
the more LPM, the better the performance. A set with a low
LPM would have to get more tight.
mic - abbreviation for microphone.
on the road - traveling to perform.
one-liner - a quick joke.
one-nighter - a one night gig.
open-mic night - a night that allows anyone to get on stage.
opener - the comedian that is first, or opens the show in
opening line - the first line of a routine.
POV - point of view.
premise - the central concept to a routine.
punch line - the line that is supposed to derive the laughter
from the audience.
regular - local comedian who appears regulary.
reveal - that which exposes the creative misunderstanding
running gag - a recurring bit that repeats often during a
scene - a single location and scenario
that two actors perform within
set - a stand-up comedy routine of any length.
short-form - a single scene or game
performed in an improvisational show based on an audience
showcase - a performance offering exposure to its performers
(often instead of compensation).
sketch - a prepared scene for comedic
material to be presented in a theatrical setting.
skit - a sketch, but with a slightly less
stage time - the amount of time on stage a performer has.
tag line - the final line of a comedic setup. Usually a line
that leads to the end of a bit and allows the moving on to
the next piece.
topical humor - jokes about current events.
topper - a gag playing off a previous gag. These top one another
building on laughter leading to the capper.