What's the secret to a good joke?
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What's the secret to a good joke?

It's information. It's the buildup. If you just go with the punch line, it's not as funny as if you take your time and explain where you are, who is in the joke, and then how it explodes. Pacing is a matter of talent: You got it, or you ain't. The Greek actor Andreas Voutsinas, from the Producers, always gave me good advice – he'd say, "Or you got it, or you ain't." It was as simple as that. I would say to him, "We're in America, Andreas. You can't start things with Or."