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COMEDY: How to Become a Comedian
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
- Is there something about your physical appearance or attributes that makes you funny to others? Or maybe you tell stories in a humorous way. Natural talent is a definite plus when choosing this livelihood. It will allow you to build on what comes easily to you.
- Do you have the ability to become different characters or do something that makes people laugh? Aspiring comedians can approach this industry from applying their acting abilities. This route however, may take more preparation and effort in order to develop timing, gestures, and appearances.
Best of Both Worlds
- Perhaps you have a combination of a good sense of humor and acting skills. Possessing both will almost ensure you a top spot on the comedy circuit.
WHAT TYPE OF HUMOR IS FOR YOU?
- Often brief story with a punchline. Can be a humorous one-liners.
- Two or more elements that are combined that show contrast, like a fish out of water. Or
two or more elements that alike.
- Remember the old Dick Van Dyke show, where he tripped over the ottoman as he entered the room? That is Physical Comedy at its best. Exaggerated movements and the ability to draw attention to yourself are key elements to this fine art form.
Transposition beginning letters of words and changing forms.
Exaggerations, Embellishment and Pure Fabrication
- Blown up stories.
- Repetition of situations or words that seem unrelated 'til the punchline brings them together.
WHICH FORM OF COMEDY WILL SUIT YOU BEST?
- With their painted faces and hysterical get ups, clowns are the most widely recognized and loved entertainers. Known for their sight gags, clowns are employed by the circus, parades, private parties such as birthdays and even for business functions.
Silent & Lip Sync Pantomimes
- They act out situations usually to music which accentuates the humor. The use of gestures, facial expressions and exaggerated movements are the mime's tricks of the trade. Costumes and props enhance their acts.
Stand Up Comics
- Comics use a combination of jokes, one liners and short stories to entertain audiences. Their place of employment is usually on a night clubs stage. When their act strings along related subject matter it is considered a monologue.
- An impressionist actually performs a "caricature" of a person through their voice and mannerisms. Oftentimes the performance uses distortion and exaggeration.
M.C or Master of Ceremonies
- The M.C. 's job is scattered throughout the headliners' acts. This person is responsible for tieing the routines of the performers together, though they may be unrelated. It's important for the M.C. to get to know the performers and their acts well in advance of shows to perfect his act.
- These entertainers weave the wonder world of magic with humor.
- Combining more than one form of entertaining is a winning combination. Some comics sing, dance and play an instrument. Juggling and magic can add a new dimension to an act, as well. The versatile comic is always remembered.
MORE TO COME
LOOK FOR THESE TOPICS IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE: TV Comedy Trivia, Great Stars of Radio & Film, Comedy Club Schedules and much more!