Finding My Comedic Voice

May 27th, 2008

“i keep coming up with jokes from other comedians and people recognize it which really annoys me i try to come up with my own material but it always sounds like something from lee evans or victoria wood what i like to know is how can i make somthing like my material sound like its MY material”

Daniel McCabe

Gavin’s Answer

If you are ‘coming up’ with other people’s jokes you are doing what we in the business call ‘stealing’. This has nothing to do with your voice. It is your brain that controls the words that come out of your mouth, not your voice.

On the plus side many comedians have made great careers by stealing other people’s jokes.

Enjoy your future success.

Gavin Baskerville

James’ Answer

I find putting a joke into the voice of a racial stereotype will make even the most familiar of material seem fresh and new. Using your voice to satirize the way people from different cultures and backgrounds speak is always hilarious.

May I suggest stretching your eyes and attempting to speak like an Asian person. Hilarious.

James Hazelden

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Finding My Comedic Voice