How to Tell a Funny Story That Turns Desire Into Action

Making Batman Moonshine From the Go Get

This will make sense by the end of the post
Basic You Need Go Get Return story arc

GO GET IS ABOUT THE FULFILLMENT OF DESIRE

Stories are about desire. They’re about wanting something so badly that you have to Go Get it. See that circle in the drawing up there, where the story arc meets the line between Act 1 and Act 2?

  1. You got what you wanted but it turns out you can’t handle it.
  1. You wanted to go to the biggest party of your high school life with a handsome and popular pre-law student, and you go and he’s gentle and considerate and really likes you for who you are but you experience real fireworks and chemistry with his mom.

CHECK OUT THIS STORY AND TRY THIS EXERCISE

Gastor Almonte took one of my classes a few years ago, and managed to get the story that we worked on in class onto Comedy Central’s “This Is Not Happening.” The story is a classic in and of itself, and it’s also an excellent demonstration of the You Need Go Get Return principle in action.

Gastor Almonte performs at “This Is Not Happening.”

USING A GO GET TO DEVELOP A STORY

When I’m telling a story to an audience, the first part I tell is the You Need, and it’s the most important part. But when I’m developing a story, I start working with a Go Get, dig the You Need out of it, then put it at the front.

DON’T TAKE THE RULES TOO SERIOUSLY

The very best people that do this sort of thing don’t really think about this that much. This stuff is somewhere back in their lizard brains and while it’s very present, it’s a reflex.

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