The Second Punchline

When you’re just hanging out with your friends, by all means, go with your first joke—your first quip—your first thought of a punchline.

But when you’re onstage, the audience has already thought of that first joke. You, as the professional in the room, need to come up and go with the second joke.

Having the second or third option of a punchline is often what separates the pros from everyone else.

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