The most important thing is to write material that YOU think is funny. If you don't think it's funny, but you're convinced that other people will think it is, well they won't.
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I'm going to try to start a floor fight.
It's much easier to make jokes about sensitive issues if there is some dissent, some conflict.
Hypocrisy is great fodder for comedy.
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