Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Funny Stop

Amateur night at The Funny Stop proved to be worthwhile tonight. It's easy to sort out the people with potential from the rest. Some comics seem to think that all that is necessary for a laugh is to point out the faults in someone else. This is not enough. Surprise is the essential element that makes a joke funny. Take us down a familiar road and then suddenly make a left turn leaving us someplace we didn't expect to be. That is the fastest route to a laugh. Tom Foss was able to do this at a rapid clip.