Basics: End on a high note

I was reading David Pogue’s NYT column about funny Twitter responses when I was heartbroken by a funny joke ruined by poor execution. Pogue tweeted: Whoa. Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, Mark Zuckerberg to meet with…

The man in it

On my bathroom mirror, I have written in permanent marker, “Tomorrow I will begin being more positive, more active, and more productive.” Each morning for the last three years I have looked at it and…

View Mail #17: Perpetually Topical Comedy

An aspiring humorist writes: Dear Conlan, I’m an aspiring humorist. Standup comedy specifically. And I love doing topical humor… you know, real “ripped from the headlines” stuff. Nothing kills an audience like an up-to-date zinger….