Melodies:lyrics = funny:ideas

Paul Simon's a great lyricist. Yet he admitted in a recent interview that the lyrics don't matter if the melody isn't there. If people don't think the melody's catchy, if they can't sing along, they won't bother to get to the lyrics.

The same's true for comedy. A comic's brilliant, insightful views on the world don't mean dick if they're not funny. You've gotta get funny first. Then, and only then, can you work on being the next Bruce/Maher/Hicks/other "important" comedian.