Random Thoughts

Comedy Course Day 7: Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is a really great way of creating jokes or routines from a single word. For today’s exercise I chose ‘mobile phone’ and started to write anything I could think of in relation to this object.

Mind Mapping - Mobile Phone

Mind Mapping — Mobile phone

Once I felt I’d exhausted the list, the next stage was to swap with someone else and write anything that pops into your head after reading what the other person has written (this can be done by yourself in the future).

Then we started to extract parts that we felt were interesting and started to put them into a routine. It was amazing how each person in the group had picked such un‐comedy objects and had created very funny little ideas and thoughts within the space of 10 mins.

I wrote about the idea that phones are so expensive that I try to save money by not getting a cover, only to drop it outside the shop! But I couldn’t possibly go without the most expensive phone otherwise I’ll be the laughing stock of the playground.

It’s OK, I have insurance. But when you call the company the insurance never quite seems to cover that exact incident! So I have to shell out more money costing me literally an arm and leg. Which is even more frustrating as I now can’t pick up my phone and have to buy and hands‐free kit.

The story continues on about the fact that the phone is actually the most important thing in the world, and you resort to asking it all sorts of seriously important situations, like what to say next on a date. Though after a while I begin to realise that it’s actually the phone that I want to spend all my time with as he understands me. This starts to spiral out of control as I am now asking to borrow other people’s phones to get advice, so my phone doesn’t think I’m a loser and I even ask if a mate’s phone can put in a good word for me.

Sadly, my phone asks for a chat and explains that he is getting bullied by the other phones and needs to upgrade me to a better model, no hard feelings.

I understand and am crushed at the same time…

Dan Tambling is a stand-up comedian, sketch comedy writer, actor and producer of ‘12 sketches in a London house’. This is his blog.

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