The model: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi7SeBI7z9A Trevor Noah Live at the Apollo (Links to an external site.) Minimize Video This model in my mind is perfect for us, if too long for us. It is clean, he uses himself-color, childhood, parents, shock of coming to America, he uses painful memories, he does voices of people. These are all things that you might use. Sources 1. A good source for material are things in life that make you angry, annoy you or confuse you. Keep it close to home, meaning, write about things that are near you, family, roommates, girlfriends, boyfriends, pets, college professors, coaches, etc. 2. You can also make use of yourself. Nothing warms the audience up faster than when you put yourself down. Take advantage of your differences…if you are short, a jock, a conservative Christian, Chinese, a sorority girl, from the South, have a big nose, are gay, etc. These are things that reveal yourself to us. We like that. You can consider small things like clothes, food, cars, bikes, doors, bugs, weather, shoes, etc. You can also try abstract things like friendship, love, justice, evil, etc. You could try conceptual things like time, language, culture, art, etc. 3. Write like you talk. This is NOT an essay. Do not write formally; this is deadly.