Monologue Jokes – the Motherlode

Monologue Jokes – the Motherlode

Here’s a massive pile of jokes written for the opening monologues of “After Dark” – these were all used in the show, and I’ve gotten rid of most of the time-specific jokes (there’s still a few in there…but seriously, who wants t relive two years of jokes leading up to the 2016 presidential election).  I may add more as I cull the archives. -Ken- One...

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Happy 2017! Looking Ahead to a New Year Monologue

Happy 2017!  Looking Ahead to a New Year Monologue

Now that After Dark has ended its run, I’ve had people ask me about joke writing for late-show style monologues. So I decided to share a few of the original, unedited scripts I co-authored for the show.   There were some last-minute edits, and things always change on stage, but you can see the video of the monologue here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V49Q5bpn9Js   Well, another...

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Post Presidential Election Monologue – 2016

Post Presidential Election Monologue – 2016

Now that After Dark has ended its run, I’ve had people ask me about joke writing for late-show style monologues. So I decided to share a few of the original, unedited scripts I co-authored for the show.   There were some last-minute edits, and things always change on stage, but you can see the video of the monologue here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTYfG3fcizw   We begin every...

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Previous Teams that Led to the Creation of the Suicide Squad

Previous Teams that Led to the Creation of the  Suicide Squad

The Despondent Detachment The Plaintive Patrol The Melancholy Militia The Bleak Battalion The Really-I’m-Fine Regiment The Paxil Platoon The Ennui Echelon The Doleful Division The There’s-No-God Garrison The Angst Armada The Saturnine Sortie The Morose Marines The Inconsolable Infantry The Bummer Brigade The Cutting-MySelf-to-get-Attention Corps The Woeful Wing The Forlorn Fleet The...

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Superman v. Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar named Justice

Superman v. Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar named Justice

So here we are, Mister Superman, just you and I, face to face on the crumbling veranda of my ancestral home.  It’s very kind of you to respond so promptly to my threats to kill you. It speaks well of your character. Care for a bourbon?  This will be my ninth.  You have some catching up to do. You must be pondering why I, Tennessee Williams, noted American playwright, would call you out, why...

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Covert Ops: The Battle to keep Phil from Dating Again

Covert Ops: The Battle to keep Phil from Dating Again

ATTEN-SHUN!  I’m your commanding officer, Colonel Pod-Based-Espresso-Machine. We are about to embark on a critical black-ops psychological warfare mission.   Make no mistake – this is a fight for our very way of life. And not all of you are going to survive. It’s been six months since Phil and Betsy broke up, and Phil is dangerously close to regaining his self-esteem.  He’s dressing...

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Welcome to Refugee World!

Welcome to Refugee World!

The Second City Network picked up this piece I wrote during the height of Syrian Refugee paranoia – enjoy! http://www.secondcity.com/network/welcome-to-refugee-world/

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Where Great Lines Come From

Where Great Lines Come From

A lot of improvisers get this question: “How do you come up with all those funny lines so fast?” Brace yourself.  I’m going to reveal a MAJOR secret of improv… We don’t. To be fair, I suppose there are some that do – a few mental geniuses who could have been calculating the metric density of plutons in a collapsing black hole, but dedicated themselves to spontaneously creating fart...

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Thought Leader, or Lazy Jackoff?

Thought Leader, or Lazy Jackoff?

If you’ve read many business articles or resumes in the last few years, you’ve probably seen this term: Thought Leader Sounds impressive, doesn’t it?  But what does it mean? For far too many people, it means someone who sits on their ass and thinks – that’s it.  They come up with ideas.  Maybe they share those thoughts, but they don’t DO them – otherwise they’d be known for...

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Risk and Failure part 3 – The Failure Revolution

Risk and Failure part 3 – The Failure Revolution

In part 1, I talked about why failure was critical to success. In part 2, I talked about how you can make yourself take more risks and be more failure tolerant. But it’s almost impossible to take risks and fail in an environment that doesn’t support it, especially in the workplace. Most businesses don’t support risk taking and failure.  They WANT people to take risks -that’s how...

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Risk and Failure – Part 2

Risk and Failure – Part 2

In part 1 I I talked about why risk and failure are critical to success.  In fact, chances are that if you succeeded without any failures along the way, you may be in trouble – that success is likely built on luck more than honed through the flames of failure, and it may be a matter of time before it faces something it can’t handle. By the way, I’ve known a few people who...

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Risk and Failure – Part 1

Risk and Failure – Part 1

If at first you don’t succeed…   Most home-run hitters also strike out a lot.  When you tee off on a pitch with enough power to knock it clear the park, you’re also going to miss…a lot. Most big success stories start with a lot of failures.  They had to screw it up before they got it right, Apple was recently named the most valuable brand in the world.  Just...

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Be Obvious

Be Obvious

I’ve always been a pretty smart guy.  Sometimes that’s to my benefit, other times, well, not so much. But we are what we are. You’re smart too.  I know, because you’re reading this! (Okay, I don’t know you personally, so you MIGHT be a complete idiot…but you’re a complete idiot with good taste in blogs.) Being a smart person, you’ve probably been in situations where you’re...

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Have Fun!

Have Fun!

I’ve looked at 5 major improv principles so far: Overaccepting Co-creating Yes, and.. Keeping it real But if there’s only once principle you pay attention to, it’s this: Improv Principle: Have Fun Business Reframe: If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, do it differently or do something else – your enjoyment or lack thereof will speak volumes your customer “What...

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Keep it real, and have some depth

Keep it real, and have some depth

I accidentally skipped ahead last time – even though my master-list of principles isn’t in any particular order.  Acting on impulse is an occupational hazard for an improvisor   To recap so far: Over-accept Make your partner look good Say “Yes, and…”   But this principle is something that’s often gets overlooked, and it’s something that’s getting more and more...

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