Today, I was thinking about communication, and Joe Vitale, and then it suddenly hit me why one possible reason why Jerry Seinfeld is such an effective comedian!
Honestly, I think this trial, by forcing me to write something every day, is actually priming my creativity pump a little bit :).? As Martha would say, “It’s a good thing.”:
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 10:47 AM
What is it about….? I love how Jerry Seinfeld starts out his jokes.
What is it about….?
What’s the deal with…?
What is it with…?
From a language/communications perspective, I think his comedy here is brilliant. By structuring his jokes in this manner, with those preambles on his wording, I think this is setting the audience up to prepare them to visualize/imagine/remember the instances Seinfeld talks about.
Example, if I were to ask, “Have you ever seen those people who cross the street in the middle, instead of the crosswalk?”, it’s just a yes/no question. Closed questioning is limited. A much more powerfully effective questions/lead-in would be “What’s the deal with Jaywalkers?”
Not only does the “What’s the deal with…” lead-in to priming us to think about what he’s saying, but by just using the term “Jaywalker”, it forces us go to inside so our brain can retrieve the MEANING of the word.
To sum it up, Jerry Seinfeld is a hypnotic comedian, just like Joe Vitale is a Hypnotic Writer
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