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9 Rules For Being Funny From “Inside Comedy” Guru David Steinberg


Misery Loves Comedy
"I used to say ‘If you’ve had a good childhood, a happy marriage and a little bit of money in the bank, you’re going to make a lousy comedian,’" says Steinberg. "The one thing an audience always has in common with a comedian is troubles. The Yiddish word for that is tsuris You’re always putting your tsuris on stage whether you like it or not. No one is untroubled, unless they’re just, you know, an imbecile.”
For Instance: Six months before he died in a car accident, the late Robert Schimmel was interviewed by Steinberg for Inside Comedy. “Robert talked about his cancer and how he’s taken this tragic life that he was living even then, and turned it into comedy material,” Steinberg recalls. “He was very articulate in describing how that liberates people from being depressed.”

9 Rules For Being Funny From “Inside Comedy” Guru David Steinberg

Misery Loves Comedy

"I used to say ‘If you’ve had a good childhood, a happy marriage and a little bit of money in the bank, you’re going to make a lousy comedian,’" says Steinberg. "The one thing an audience always has in common with a comedian is troubles. The Yiddish word for that is tsuris You’re always putting your tsuris on stage whether you like it or not. No one is untroubled, unless they’re just, you know, an imbecile.”

For Instance: Six months before he died in a car accident, the late Robert Schimmel was interviewed by Steinberg for Inside Comedy. “Robert talked about his cancer and how he’s taken this tragic life that he was living even then, and turned it into comedy material,” Steinberg recalls. “He was very articulate in describing how that liberates people from being depressed.”

My studio’s always in my house. I want to wake up and be like, ‘You know I’m gonna make music today in my underwear. You know what I’m gonna be in my pajamas. You know what, I’m actually just gonna stay inside for the next three days so I can make music.’

Benny Blanco, a 24-year-old Grammy-nominated songwriter and music producer with a baker’s dozen #1 singles that include Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” from MASTER CLASS: HOW TO MAKE A HIT RECORD, FROM “MOVES LIKE JAGGER” WRITER BENNY BLANCO

The most challenging thing about a live shoot is that the artist is under no control whatsoever. It’s totally an ad lib situation. It’s important to be as inoffensive as possible when trying to shoot the artist—that way they’ll cooperate with you. One of the tricks I’ve done over the years is to wear the same hat for every concert. What happens is that everybody sees the black beret and they know it’s me. Then they come over and play almost directly to me sometimes. It was sort of a trick I learned early on to orient an artist to who I am if there are a lot of photographers shooting at the same time. 

Rock and roll photography veteran Robert Knight talks to Co.Create about shooting music legends from Led Zeppelin to Slash, what you need to know before attempting to shoot a rock star, and how to ditch Instagram and get real.
MASTER CLASS: HOW TO SHOOT A ROCK STAR

The most challenging thing about a live shoot is that the artist is under no control whatsoever. It’s totally an ad lib situation. It’s important to be as inoffensive as possible when trying to shoot the artist—that way they’ll cooperate with you. One of the tricks I’ve done over the years is to wear the same hat for every concert. What happens is that everybody sees the black beret and they know it’s me. Then they come over and play almost directly to me sometimes. It was sort of a trick I learned early on to orient an artist to who I am if there are a lot of photographers shooting at the same time. 

Rock and roll photography veteran Robert Knight talks to Co.Create about shooting music legends from Led Zeppelin to Slash, what you need to know before attempting to shoot a rock star, and how to ditch Instagram and get real.

MASTER CLASS: HOW TO SHOOT A ROCK STAR

Master Class is a new Co.Create series where top talents from various creative fields explain, in detail, how they do what they do. Post Super Bowl XLVI is a great time for a Master Class on How To Make A Great Commercial. An in depth, step-by-step look at how to conceive, develop and produce a spot, from one of the art form’s top names, Gerry Graf.
MASTER CLASS: HOW TO MAKE A GREAT COMMERCIAL (PART ONE)
MASTER CLASS: HOW TO MAKE A GREAT COMMERCIAL (PART TWO)

Master Class is a new Co.Create series where top talents from various creative fields explain, in detail, how they do what they do. Post Super Bowl XLVI is a great time for a Master Class on How To Make A Great Commercial. An in depth, step-by-step look at how to conceive, develop and produce a spot, from one of the art form’s top names, Gerry Graf.

MASTER CLASS: HOW TO MAKE A GREAT COMMERCIAL (PART ONE)

MASTER CLASS: HOW TO MAKE A GREAT COMMERCIAL (PART TWO)