At Laugh Staff, we have a team of comedians who have written for Comedy Central, Saturday Night Live, and even The Lifetime Network (which gives us instant street cred with moms everywhere). Let us use our experience of telling jokes for a living to help you get a standing ovation using these four tips:
1.HOW TO WRITE A JOKE:
A joke has two parts: SETUP and PUNCH. The reason a joke is works is because it surprises people. This is accomplished by using the SETUP to create a picture in your mind, and then the PUNCH creates another picture. Here is example joke from Kevin Hart:
Setup: I think if you get kicked in the face you deserved it
At this point the audience is thinking to themselves typical reasons someone deserves get kicked in the face (starting a fight, being a bull, etc).
Punch: means that you watched the foot come to your face
After the setup (and the audience comes up with ideas in their mind why someone would deserve to get kicked in the face), Kevin Hart surprises them when he thinks of a reason no one thought of... and that's how a joke is made.
2. WHEN TO TELL A JOKE
Many best man and maid of honor speeches start out funny then turn heartfelt, but this is backwards when trying to easily win over an audience.
Do the OPPOSITE.
Start out being the nice guy or girl. Next, MAKE FUN OF YOURSELF, then and only then can you start to roast the bride and groom. It’s all about the flow.
3. HOW TO PRACTICE
DON'T MEMORIZE YOUR JOKES WORD FOR WORD - instead, follow these steps:
- Memorize the order of your speech topics (intro, bride,story about high school, etc...)
- Memorize how each topic makes you FEEL
If you remember how your feel instead of the words in your story, it allows your personality to naturally come out which gives the speech a pulse and energy - ultimately making it hilarious and heartfelt.
4. HOW TO PERFORM YOUR JOKES
Make a connection: The best comedians are funny because they connect with people.
For example, say something nice about the bride (if you're the best man) early in your speech. This connects with the other half of the audience immediately allowing you to have a better connection when it comes time for your jokes.
Trust the material: If you're not 100% comfortable with a joke - don't use it. If you've followed our advice in this article then you'll be fine. If you're still nervous, hire one of Laugh Staff's comedians to write it for you (yes, we just snuck in a sales pitch).
Comedians Write, You Speak, Everyone Laughs!
Laugh Staff is built using stand-up comedians as writers and consultants. A wedding speech is the closest anyone will ever come to doing stand-up comedy, so it only makes sense to get help from professional comedians. Our comedians have worked for the likes of Howard Stern and SNL Weekend Update.