This article is from the The Complete Guide To Hack Stand-Up Comedy, by Steven Rosenthal and Steve Silberberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
It's pretty clear that a topical comedian has to write more currently than
others. Hey, that's the price you pay for the ease of having premises
delivered to your doorstep every morning. There's nothing sadder than an
outdated topical joke. Saying, "Anyone remember the LA riots?" is just as
good as telling the audience "I haven't written much in the last three
There's no good rule for determining a joke's shelf-life. Some large topics
will be good for a year or two. Others will go out of date within days.
Just stop patting yourself on the back for how great you think your joke is
and think about whether the event would still be on the minds of the