The Nerdwriter is a weekly video essay series that puts ideas to work.
In this episode he talks us through the technique in which Louis CK creates and performs his jokes.
The video goes through one of his jokes about monopoly beat by beat and explores how the comedian constructs and performs his material.
He starts with the premise. Making sure the audience understands the joke whilst adding comedic surprises. We learn about the way in which he emphasises parts of the jokes that gain laughter.
Louis carefully chooses the words the uses and makes it looks like he pulled them out of thin air. He also builds a suspense throughout the joke building drama towards the final punchline.