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Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:38 am Post

I switched to Mac two months ago, and downloaded Scrivener. I saw how good it was at keeping track of notes, and thought hey this would be good for stand-up comedy. I'd read comedy books in the past but never did it because it was hard to organise my thoughts on bits of paper.

So I set about putting all my funny thoughts into Scrivener. One month later my trial ended so I bought it. One week later I did my open mic. A few weeks later (last night) I did my second open mic. Open mic is where comedians get five minutes on stage in a club to try out their material.

Both times I did pretty well and learned a lot and I'm going to continue. I got lots of good comments from the crowd and other comedians. That's my boast.

The worst thing about Scrivener is working out how best to use it for your specific task. I hope I can find some other stand-up comedians around who use it so we can trade ideas on how best to organise our stuff, and set lists, and things.

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Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:50 pm Post

DoctorOwl wrote:I hope I can find some other stand-up comedians around


This place is full of sit-down comedians, not to mention a few curl-up-on-the-floor-under-the-table comedians; perhaps one or two of us will manage to stand up now and again, although the effort involved in so doing likely will exhaust what few blobs of O2 remain in the blood/alcohol system, thereby rendering our brains inoperative.

We can stand up, or we can comede, but to do them simultaneously may be out of the question.

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Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:08 pm Post

PJS wrote:This place is full of sit-down comedians, not to mention a few curl-up-on-the-floor-under-the-table comedians; perhaps one or two of us will manage to stand up now and again, although the effort involved in so doing likely will exhaust what few blobs of O2 remain in the blood/alcohol system, thereby rendering our brains inoperative.

We can stand up, or we can comede, but to do them simultaneously may be out of the question.
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Ahhh!! Look at you doin` 'funny' !! :lol: Y`aven`t been sucking at the Jameson bosom again,`ave y`? :twisted:
Welcome aboard, The Good Ship Scrivener, Owl. :wink:
Take care (who y` talk to!!)
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:05 pm Post

vic-k wrote:sucking at the Jameson bosom again


Again?

"Still" is more like it.

It's November, Vic. Autumn's red and gold have turned to black, and Arctic winds glaze my windows. My soul is also turning black, and has an unfortunate glaze upon it. In such circumstances, survival often depends on prompt and generous application of anti-freeze: Jameson, better than which nothing comes to mind.

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Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:31 pm Post

That`s nothing but a load of old auto-suggestive justification, Y`old fraud!! :lol: :lol: Wot y` like!
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:05 pm Post

No snow yet here P. But the frost i getting a bit think. the chickens are not coming out in the morning which has me nervous. Farmer says that they are pretty good at knowing when the snow will hit the windshield.

As far as the black gaze goes, try the following options.
1. 1 oolong tea, hot with one shot apple brandy. The good apple brandy.
2. 1 pineapple juice. 2 shots spiced rum. I use the Captain.
3. 1 glass. 1 bottle Crown. open bottle, toss glass in sink. enjoy.
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:08 pm Post

Vic-k,

Leave Me S alone. He is a yankee. The universe just dislikes yankees. Something about not understanding how to make a good pork shoulder.
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:38 pm Post

Hi DoctorOwl,

Great to hear that you're using Scrivener for comedy. I read on Richard Herring's blog (he's a British stand-up, quite well-known and respected) that he was using Scrivener a while ago, so you're certainly not the first stand-up comedian to use it like this. I'd definitely be interested to hear how you find it for this sort of use though. Hopefully some, ahem, proper comedians will reply rather than the motley crue that have replied so far. :)

Thanks and all the best,
Keith

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Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:02 am Post

KB wrote: motley crue that have replied so far. :)

What do they use scrivener for? I thought they were out of the business.

Wait. You mean US! Aww, that's not nice. Although it is one of the nicer things said about me today.
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Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:28 am Post

I just feel I have to step in occasionally to ensure new users or new forum members aren't scared off by the strange pirate, three-legged dog and pigeon references that proliferate like profiteroles. (Not that profiteroles proliferate; I just like the way it sounds.)

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Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:13 am Post

And if DoctorOwl is ever able to get a strange pirate, a three-legged dog and a pigeon into a stan-up routine, I want a copy of the audio. I'll even pay if it also has proliferating profiteroles!

Nothing like a challenge to get the creative juices flowing.

Welcome DrOwl. I truly hope someone with some stand-up cred replies, I'm very curious eaves-drop on the conversation. I also admire your courage. Partly for posting here, but mostly for doing an open mic and then going back and doing it again. :shock: I'm impressed. :)

Please keep us updated on your progress. I'd like to hear more about your journey into the standup world and how you are using Scrivener to prepare your gigs.
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Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:31 am Post

DoctorOwl wrote:The worst thing about Scrivener is working out how best to use it for your specific task. I hope I can find some other stand-up comedians around who use it so we can trade ideas on how best to organise our stuff, and set lists, and things.


You don't need fellow comics but writers who use Scriv for preparing lectures, talks, or presentations; anything that goes before a live audience.

I suggest creating folders with topical names: Pets, Food, Booze, whatever kinds of material you have. Within the folders, rate your ideas and jokes with a star * system, with **** being top of the line.

Then when you go to work up material, create a folder for that gig. Select material and option-drag it to the gig folder (that makes a copy and leaves the joke folder intact).

Inside the gig folder, select what seems best with Cmd-Click and then click Edit Scrivenings. You will see a sequence of the material to edit and move around as you please. That way, you'll create a rough draft.

Then try reading it aloud for timing and emphasis: Take my wife. PLEASE. Polish in a word-processor as needed. Break a leg!

And good luck with your career.

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Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:13 am Post

KB wrote:(Not that profiteroles proliferate; I just like the way it sounds.)
Of course the don`t, they, 'profiterolerate'! :shock: Any numpty knows that!!

True, `True Story”, quite recently, one of the Crüe contacted a Guardian journalist (who`d had prior contact with the group), with a, “Hey Dude! D` y` wanna do my biography?”
Journalist`n`Crüe member, spend time together. Crüe member recounting number of times each member had actually, died `n` been resuscitated (because of their many bizarre forms of substance abuse), said, “ We were actually ‘mainlining’ on Jack Danials! One of us picked up the bottle and shouted, ‘Hey guys! Looka` this! We can actually drink this stuff!

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Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:11 pm Post

druid wrote:You don't need fellow comics but writers who use Scriv for preparing lectures, talks, or presentations; anything that goes before a live audience.


True thanks for the reality check.

How do you rate your stuff with stars? I couldn't see where to do that. Also, I couldn't option-drag to created linked duplicated entries (which is something I've been trying to do for ages ... I see I can Command-D to duplicate, but option drag just does a normal drag).

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Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:27 pm Post

I think druid was suggesting that you use the asterisk to symbolize the star. You just hit shift-8 the right number of times.

But then I am headless and really don't know much of anything.
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