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I thought it'd be a good idea to start a threat where we can all purge ourselves of hackneyed comic devices. Once something is posted in our thread, we must never use it in any of our acts.

I'll start the ball rolling:

Black people who walk onstage and make a comment about the ratio of black to white people in the audience.

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Have you ever noticed...
Isn't it funny when...
I've had a bad day at work...
I've just split up with my girlfriend...

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The use of the elongated version of 'Anyway' to dismiss an unfunny joke in the hope that it didn't register.

As in 'Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanyway...'

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Alan Driscoll wrote:
I thought it'd be a good idea to start a threat where we can all purge ourselves of hackneyed comic devices. Once something is posted in our thread, we must never use it in any of our acts.

I'll start the ball rolling:

Black people who walk onstage and make a comment about the ratio of black to white people in the audience.

Alan, You've picked an easy one, I don't think there's any Chance of you starting your routine with that!! Man, I'm not sure it'd go down that well, what with you being as white as sheets from the Daz doorstep challenge!!
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These "hackneyed comic devices" are just used to get a chuckle, I reckon, Most acts that use them aren't thinking " Fuck me! That's comedy gold!"

All the "I've split up with" " I tell you what I hate" things are just set ups. I reckon.

And the whole look alike thing, would you rather you explain you look like someone or have some pissed up fuka shout it out and get the laughs? I'm sure this stuff has been discussed befor on another thread.

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Saying all that though, The "Hey, you'll find that funny tommorow!" kind of irritates me!

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The "just me on that one then" line gets on my raspberry ripples - but I'm sure I do that myself sometimes without realising

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The "just me on that one then" line gets on my raspberry ripples - but I'm sure I do that myself sometimes without realising

"Comedy cul-de-sac" and "Comedy Gold" are equally overused hack terms when material dies.

What about overused Hack impressions? My least favourite are Steve Irwin Crocodile Hunter,anything from Star Wars (especially Yoda) and the Geordie voiceover guy from Big Brother " Dayy Thirty Too in tha hoose "etc. Saw some act do this only recently with no shame whatsoever.


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I guess I was thinking more about things that are actually designed to get laughs, that have been "written" with the intention of performing them, rather than the innocent turns of phrase that it's easy for anyone to let slip when there's a roomful of people staring at us. My recent set includes both the lines "I split up with my girlfriend" and "Just me, then" but I'd like to think they were justified in context.

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Course they are when you say them. Aren't some of the things mentioned just ice-breakers? And what is wrong with that?

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Anything that "mirrors" Owl Faced US comedians.

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Course they are when you say them. Aren't some of the things mentioned just ice-breakers? And what is wrong with that?

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the Geordie voiceover guy from Big Brother " Dayy Thirty Too in tha hoose "etc. Saw some act do this only recently with no shame whatsoever.

Lots of people can do this one and make it awful

However, there are those of us who can (i.e, from the North East, who have the accent anyway) and shouldnt be deterred from doing it - especially if its used in a good value comedy situation (overuse of the words shite and bastard)

Go see Michael Fabbri, his BB impression is superb.

For anyone else, fair enough I agree - its like the 21st Century equivalent of Frank Spencer.

Ok, I wont do it again.

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Oh dear. Looks like that's 90% of my act f**ked, then.

I'll nominate, cheekily because I'll never use them anyway, the following:

"So then I got off the bus..."

"Actually, I was 26 at the time..."

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