Here’s a collection of terms used in various forms of Comedy. It’s not exhaustive and we add to it on a regular basis. Most of it is true and some of it is rubbish. Can you tell the difference?
To say something that is not in the script. It should be spontaneous.
Well it’s not an agent for change is it?
Badgers & Jam
I’ve seen this written but never heard anyone use it. It could possibly refer to the great Eddie Izzard who started out with wonderful riffs using the word Jam. If you know me you’ll know I have an extreme interest in Jam.
As in ‘A beat.’ This is do really a pause. It’s used more in the US than the UK and refers more to the writing of comedy, especially sit com.
That’s what this site is about. Short bits of comedy from an instant joke to 20 seconds of audio or video comedy (some of the stuff on here is a bit longer. The idea is short comedy that gives an instant hit).
A blip is another term for bit comedy.
A very outdated term and referring to sexual or toilet material. Max Millar, a comedian from the 1930 – 50s would ask his audience if they wanted jokes from his ‘blue book or his white book.’
As in to ‘bomb’ on stage is not being funny a bit like ‘dieing on stage.’
Books stuff doesn’t he/she for comedy clubs?
You know what this one means.
Closing Line or Closer
Obvious isn’t it?
See comedian. O’ you just did?
How comedians make money.
Comedy Gigglebytes (it’s alright I am hitting myself with some blunt celery). Soon to be extinct as we’ll have COMEDY DOWNLOADS.
A stand up doing 2 gigs in one night and not doubling up in laughter.
Not really. To die on stage is not the same as death. You know, the end thing.
As in my kitten is being used as a sex toy.
A big book thing where a comedian or comic writer keeps material that works or what he/she is working on. I use a database, because I’m anal.
It’s a joke not something stuffed into your mouth until you choke.
A stand up spot.
It’s showbiz love. The name given to anything but a ‘green’ room where performers wait to go on.
Famous name that a show is sold on.
Sometimes helpful more often pissed and showing off to mates.
I made that one up
You know one?
It’s not killing is it? Comedians don’t kill, they make people laugh a lot.
Vital to Eddie Izzard.
Master or Mistress of Ceremonies. They introduce stuff like the great Arthur Smith.
Mike (aka Mic)
Michael Caine who is the patron of the comedy world.
One person speaking and different from duologue which is not worth mentioning.
I made this up. Couldn’t think of anything beginning with ‘N.’
The name given to anyone with wisdom.
“O. I don’t know.” How to respond if someone asks you why that is funny.
That’s you and me.
A joke then.
Something to try yourself.
He or she that opens.
I put this in the glossary just to add words to the page.
See beat and then come back here and fill in your own explanation…I’m waiting.
A bit like a comedy glossary.
Point of View. Would you like one?
Somewhere only the comedian should know.
Declared illegal in 2010.
Lee Evans. All the other ones are dead or doing physical theatre-clown-stuff.
A comedian trys out stuff. It may work. He is happy. It may not work. He gets drunk.
Short and pleasingly sharp.
A bit like a ‘Reveal.’ See below.
A pompous term used by writers.
Not on a guitar but verbally for the comedian who likes to think comedy is a festival and they can go crowd surfing for thrills and a good grope.
Don’t do it.
They can work and they can be painful.
Love this word. Go on use it today. (a Yiddish word for a comedy ‘bit of business’).
A back up comedian. Used by the top ‘banana’ to ge them out of trouble. A bit like a safety net with a joke library attached.
To move effortlessly between 2 bits of material. Ha!
As in a set period of time to tell jokes, make people laugh and leave with the cash.
Yep comedians set you up.
Show off for free.
Perhaps it’s just me but I prefer the term ‘visual humour.’ I am a liar.
It’s not the situation is it? It’s the characters.
A short piece of comedy performed on the stage, TV, the street or in your work place every day.
Originally it was that, a stick with two bits of wood that slapped together to make a noise. Then it was used to describe silent movie comedians and now it’s used for comedians that can fall over to order.
If the governments of Europe all moved one country to the left what would we have? The answer is somewhere on this site.
Stolen material means you will be hunted down with dogs, set a flame and presented to Keith Chegwin.
Tag or Tag Line
An extra joke added to the end of a ‘routine’ or ‘set’ because comedians can never stop.
A comedian puts on a silly face for an easy laugh.
A throw away line is just left their hoping for a laugh. Used by the deftness of comedians.
“Antici…………………………………………………pation.” Which show is that from? A top piece of timing in one word.
Where writers start and where comedians dwell.
Can’t find anything for ‘U.’
I am not going to make stuff up.
Nope. I promised.
Please don’t make me…
A Hoody member of your family..