Set List: Unfunny musings!
Someone remarked last week that the prompts here on Set List are insanely complex compared to regular improv suggestions.
My philosophy in writing them is that they are not improv suggestions. If anything, they are the A-to-C connections that improvisers might pull out of an opening game based on a suggestion. After all, they are not the germs of ideas, they are the comedian's notes to remind them of ideas they've already worked through.
The good ones present either a juxtaposition or double meaning that can be pursued in the direction of a joke. The best ones might do both at once. (The mediocre ones get a laugh all by themselves!)
I don’t want to give you a random noun and hear about what it makes you think of, because–as is always true in stand-up comedy–I want you to come up with a joke, and I very expressly don’t want to hear a dull story about your boring life.
Set List at the Pack is a completely improvised stand-up show that happens every Thursday night at 10:30, at the Pack Theater in Los Angeles, CA.