Church clean & club funny

"Church clean & club funny" Continued...

Issue: "Orphaned no more," July 30, 2011

So they spend the weekend honing their craft: They work on how not to forget jokes, how to keep a safety parachute of laughs to pull if an act is bombing, and how to handle another not infrequent hurdle: hecklers in the crowd.

Though he didn't win the competition after his rocky first night, Simpson takes solace in the fact that the judges said he had one of the best sets on the final night. That performance included a sound-effects-heavy story about putting an electric collar on his barking dog. Response to that set boosts Simpson enough to head over to a nearby restaurant for open mic night. Never mind that it's nearing 1 a.m. and he already has spent the last three days telling jokes.

"I think the ministry of laughter is coming, " Simpson said before disappearing inside the restaurant to grab the microphone-and hope for more laughs.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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