Notes Toward Research

I’ve been doing a lot of research (well…”research”; it’s mostly watching TV) on stand-up comedy. Today I popped in Seinfeld’s Comedian documentary. I thought it might be interesting to share with you all what my process, so far, is when I start working on a nonfiction book. I tend to have a very loose, MS-Word-based notetaking method. Sometimes it’s a clear outline. Other times it’s like I’m doing rough drafts right in the notes.

At any rate, here’s everything I got down while watching the movie:


Orny Adams?

I guess I got sidetracked. Poor Orny Adams (née Adam Orenstein). I feel like he would be more funny if he wasn’t so narcissistic, despite what much of the history of stand-up comedy might be telling him. But he is excruciating. I mean: Orny! All of it is the opposite of funny.

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