The worse way to generate humour on stage is to use one-liners from a book and have jokes ready to tell.
Most of the ‘gags’ in these books are crass, low-brow and derogatory.
Especially the books about marriage.
Getting married is something to be honoured, not degraded by a smart-ass speaker or emcee going for cheap laughs.
The sarcasm displayed in the books (or for free online) mocks the bride and groom’s courageous decision to publicly commit to each other.
Our advice is:
Silly stupid immature lines like “Getting married is the most expensive way a man can get his laundry done for free” are offensive and archaic.
It will anger every woman and the majority of men in the audience.
You will come across as sexist and completely out of touch and out of date; which is exactly the opposite of what you want.
The most dangerous way to approach this to have a ‘gag bag’ ready and then plan to tell them - no matter what is happening at the time.
A wisecrack that reads funny but is inappropriate so no-one laughs or raises a smile, can kill your career stone dead.
As the saying goes: the silence is deafening
Remember you haven’t been hired as the jokes master or the stand-up comedian.
And leave the pathetic jokes books in the trash can where they belong.
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