Feedback on 9/16/14 Issue of “Work Is Not for Sissies!

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5 Responses to “Feedback on 9/16/14 Issue of “Work Is Not for Sissies!”

  1. Mary A. Howe Says:

    Loved Joan Rivers, Love Dolly Parton (and speaking of did you see her video of her ice bucket challenge – was one of my favorite)

  2. Megan Says:

    Love how one of the timeless principles was ‘defying the norms’ and yet, you began the article with the fact that you found the raunchiness of one of her acts disappointing. It’s still very much a man’s world, and comedic actors and comedians are considered hilarious for raunchier material while for women….well, I suppose it’s not considered ‘ladylike’ for us ‘girls’ to do raunchy humor.

  3. Glenn Shepard Says:

    Megan,

    There are 3 elements to good comedy writing – Commonality, Simplicity, and Economy of Words. Joan Rivers’ was a master of these. Examples of “things she hates”: 1. “When the obituary doesn’t tell you how someone died” 2. “Old men who have hair in their ears. A widower whose Eustachian tubes look like a rain forest is not a turn-on” 3.“People who actually tell you how they are when you ask”.

    When I was honing my public speaking skills in the eighties, I took a course in standup comedy from a comedy writer named Mike Price, who wrote for Jim Varney (Ernest P. Worrell). The first thing he taught us was not to go in the gutter because it’s a crutch that cheapens good writing. The most successful comic of the time was Eddie Murphy and after seeing him perform in Nashville, I understood how four letter words aren’t funny just because they’re four letter words. I experienced the same when I saw Robin Williams in the nineties. Murphy’s career took off after he went more mainstream and got in movies like Dr. Doolittle, The Nutty Professor, and Shrek. When I saw Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld do their live stand up acts, I saw how brilliant their writing and execution were – without profanity.

    A comic can defy the norms without using the F Word in every other sentence, regardless of their gender.

    – Glenn Shepard

  4. Sandra Stevens Says:

    Glenn,

    Just a further point for people more worried about political correctness tan accuracy – it is not racist, sexist, ageist, etc. to report statistical facts. How those facts are used, may be. Thinking people should be able to tell the difference.

  5. Sandra Stevens Says:

    OOPS – than not tan.

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