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Base a poem or song on a joke or cliché.

Yes, an earlier tip mentions that these poems and songs get old after the second or third time your audience hears them, but if you’re on tour and the audience has time to forget before seeing you again, they could be perfect. TR Ritchie based a song on this joke: Question: “What was written on the bluesman’s tombstone?” Answer: “I didn’t wake up this morning.” In this case, the joke is based on the cliché blues line of, “I woke up this morning,” so it is really a double-header. The song is called, “Decomposing the Blues.” David Roth has also written a few songs based on old jokes and groaners. Maybe you wouldn’t want to hear them twice a week, but once a year doesn’t wear them out.

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