How do you come up with your jokes?

Since this blog is fairly new, I thought that I might make a post that is pretty basic and addresses one of the most regular questions I get asked - How do you come up with your jokes?

To most people, it's a very valid question. I would imagine that it's pretty rare to meet a comedian. In fact, I don't think I met one until I had started doing it myself! Comedians, of course, are expected to be funny people that have funny things happen to them on a day to day basis, but for me, I've learnt to listen more than impress.

OK, I get it, I'm still 'the funny one' in my group of friends, but now I'm on the hunt for new material. A lot of my comedy 'style' is observational. I look at how people act, their body language and, most importantly, how they talk and what they say. If you have ever been to one of my gigs you'll know that I enjoy doing accents of people from around the world. I actually had a gentleman after one gig tell me that if he closed his eyes he would not have been able to tell that I am not from South India. Now that's a compliment!

When I'm talking to someone with an accent I am listening. How do they pronounce their V's? What words do they use that I wouldn't? What is their sentence structures? All of this can all contribute to the perfect accent, and from there, a joke. My jokes are usually situations that I might come across from time to time. Driving in Dubai is a huge topic, and coupled with certain accents can really be relatable and funny for the audience.

My biggest tip to anyone interested or new in the stand-up comedy scene would be 1) to listen more and 2) write down everything! I use my Notes on my phone on a daily basis, regularly typing short gibberish in a desperate attempt to remind myself later on of something I found funny.

Out of 100 notes, about 20 get written fully, and out of those 20, probably only 5 are funny, and out of those 5 I consider myself lucky that 1 of them really works well.

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