Behind the joke: Cliché sex moves



The story behind this bit: It started from a real conversation with another comic. I remember at the time thinking it was a ridiculous thing to say. Mentioned it later to someone else and saw potential for a bit.

So thought about it more and why I thought it was so silly. It occurred to me that orgasms are extremely cliché too...but that doesn't seem to bother anyone. So that's where the whole "it's ok to play the hits" thing came from.

Then I started to think about what the opposite of a cliché sex move would be and came up with "avant-garde blowjob"...which is both a funny concept and a funny sounding phrase. Then it was just a question of getting to an act-out that fleshes out what that kind of blow job would be like...I figured a girl just staring at a dick for 20 minutes was a good start. Got laughs with that and then kept adding to it with other artsy terms. I stretched it too far (there used to be another line) but realized it was taking away from the laughs if there were too many examples. Sometimes I get greedy adding too many tags. The laughs die down if ya go too far though.

Later, I went back to the setup part and added in the "Hotel California" and overproduced lines. Not my fave lines, but once you've got some momentum, might as well milk it.

And speaking of stretching too far, I used to use a callback to another sex-themed joke I have at the end of this whole bit, but it felt like I was trying too hard to get a callback in there. So I cut that out and now I just try to really punch the words "not cliché" at the end. It brings it back to the original setup and puts a nice bow on the whole thing. I'd like to use more callbacks, but, when I do, they often feel a bit forced to me. Maybe I'm just being overly sensitive though.

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3 Comment(s)

Anonymous Dan Fontaine said...

I like that bit, one of my favs.

11/18/08, 3:22 PM  
Blogger Abbi said...

For those of us who couldn't stomach med school, here is dissection of the comedy cadaver. Nice insight, and I would venture that the more you play with it on stage, the better it will become. Even though I've heard you can mess with something too much, I think any artist would keep evolving their work if given more time.

11/19/08, 12:16 PM  
Anonymous mary said...

that bit has but has really grown ..i love the pop culture references , bauhaus , philip glass etc

a very clever dick joke !

11/19/08, 5:10 PM