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     Chili Challis

           Lifetime comedian, comedy writer and coach

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Posted on August 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM Comments comments (9)
A little Friday inspiration. Enjoy! 

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to is to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
~Erica Jong  

The soul should always stand ajar. Ready to welcome the estactic experiences. 
~Emily Dickinson

All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when your are unable to concentrate.
~Julio Cortazar

We have to be continually jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.
~Kurt Vonnegut


Posted on July 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM Comments comments (14)
A couple/three of my fav quotes about writing. Might as well be talking about how to write comedy as well. ~

"A wonderful emotion to get things moving when one is stuck is anger. It was anger more than anything else that had set me off, roused me into productivity and creativity". -Mary Garden


"Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron that has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience". - Henry David Thoreau


"Don't think! Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self conscious, and anything self conscious is lazy.
You can't try to do things, you must simply do things".
-Ray Bradbury

Didn't know you ran in such good company huh?? Now go do something creative, RANT! funny! ;)


Posted on July 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM Comments comments (8)
Steve Jobs once said that creativity is simply the ability to connect things. He went on to say that creative people have the ability to connect experiences they've had to synthesize new things.

Creating comedy is the exactly the same. Comedy writers connect personal experiences to almost all things and then make a twist or trap door the audience with a punch line creating an entirely new thing.
Funny people possess the ability to set the audience up by seemingly going down a familiar path and then bam!.. corrupt that path into a water slide!


William Plomer said that 'Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected'.
That makes for a great joke writing exercise....
*Write down 2 unconnected things and then find a connection however slim. Remember to think funny. I'm bettin' you write something hilarious! ;) Let me know how it works for you!


Posted on July 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM Comments comments (3)
.~Don't you agree that there's nothing more emotionally satisfying sometimes then to go off on something!? Just be irrational, passionate, borderline offensive??
To me it seems so soulfully human to get fed up with something or about something and so want to vent your frustrations outwardly thru physical actions, sounds and of course speech.The speech itself is more of an utterance of exhaustive pain, expressions and a few sentences, sometimes even just a few strained syllables. Now that's an emotional rant!...and ever so often fertile soil for ....comedy!

Try it. You've heard you need stage time? For a good rant you'll need a little page time! Just pour it out...remember that comedy is image and bullet points. That's how you write a rant...let the editor go and allow the thoughts and emotions to flow. ;) I'm betting you'll get some usable material....or arrested if you do this at Starbucks...but that's a personal story! Go rant and see what I mean.


Posted on June 27, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (29)
*(I write this in response to some dojo'ers that had mentioned to me that they sometimes can't shake doubt. My answer has always been that doubt is 'the lightest form of fear' so don't attempt to shake it, understand it and it vanishes. ) 'from the book,   'Standup Comedy with a side of Chili'.  

~Doubting yourself is simply being human. It's just a dream of sorts. Understand that and you won't ever allow it to grow into fear that will make you submit to inaction.
My thinking has always been that if you doubt that usually means you're entering an unknown of some kind ... and if you're entering an unknown of some kind that must mean you're exploring. When you explore not all things are known to you, so you quite naturally doubt a little, it's an automatic way your mind has of reasoning. But that is all that it is.
Exploration means you're on the verge of learning. Doubting simply means you're growing. Doubt is good!

*Also remember that the first to letters of doubt is... do!


Posted on June 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM Comments comments (2)
.Don't over saturate yourself with information (input)!!.

In order for me to write I need to read or watch vids about a topic or situation and then place myself in a 'think tank' type environment where my thoughts can roam. I take in some info about whatever it is I want to write about and then walk away from the input to give myself time to think about it.

Limit amusement. Limit your actual writing at first. Give yourself time for those 'Aha' moments.
For me I like to take a walk or go for a drive, anything that will keep me from turning on a TV, radio or pointlessly staring at my laptop screen or surfing the internet. Then I begin by only jotting down short notes, may only be one or two words or just one sentence. (bullet points and images mostly) I of course always look for the emotional points. Many times I just talk into a digital recorder so I don't have to stop and physically write something down.

Trust yourself. For comedy sake don't overlook that first smart ass (emotional) response you blurt out about a topic or idea! Often that first impression your brain and comic soul fires off is golden or at the very least at the heart of your personal funny! THIS IS YOUR INTUITIVE SIDE. Capture that moment whatever it is...DON'T BE AFRAID TO BE RIDICULOUS!! LET IT OUT!!


I also like to step outside myself every now and then and create a character that will speak about whatever it is I'm wanting to write about. Try it! Speak on your topics or create ideas as the character would do. If nothing else you might create a funny new character along with fresh ideas.

There's more but this is a few things! ;) Now go relax and create something funny!