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Topic: Creating a Comedy Routine
Message: Posted by: Andini (Jan 12, 2004 06:34PM)
I'm working on my standup comedy show and I've noticed that I'm having trouble getting the magic to be funny. I (and others) consider myself a very funny person and I have a knack for comedy but I'm having trouble in the development of routines.

Do you have any tips on creating a magical routine that lends itself to comedy?

Thanks,
Andy
Message: Posted by: pbg739 (Jan 13, 2004 01:38AM)
Andini,

pay attention to yourself during the day. Sometimes you say funny things which might work. there are a couple different kinds of comedy. One is the physical comedy, if you are doing the linking barbed wire rings, this is what I mean. the other type is your patter. There are many books which may provide you with one liners. While this may work for some, the audience likes original lines, not canned jokes IMO. Work on your routine, and many times, at least for me, in practice, lines just come to me. Try it out. PM me if you need any more help. Good luck!


Pete
Message: Posted by: C Christian (Jan 13, 2004 12:33PM)
What are your 3 best effects that you can do blindfolded as a stand-up routine forget about funny just see if you have 3 that you can do inside and out!!! Then see if you can routine them so that they can be an act. Durring this proccess as you are performing infront of a mirror have a pad of paper and see what things you can say that might make 1st effect funny or string effect 1st effect with # 2 effect that can be funny. Be yourself what do you find funny and see if you cannot incorperate any of that into these 3 effect. If you are funny when you bounce off of an audience member then bring an audience member up on stage with you. But most of all have a friend who knows you well and see if you can't brain storm Ideas. as to what you can do or say with in the realm of these effects. Remember sometimes the best comedy bits are sometimes in between effects so really brain storm!!
Hope this helps,
Cheers Chris
Message: Posted by: jkvand (Jan 13, 2004 07:16PM)
Good advice so far - definitely find tricks that you can perform well already, so you can focus on presentation. What Chris said is so true - sometimes the best comedy opportunities are BETWEEN effects and serve as great transitions. As a gag, I have a sponge rock that I keep in my shoe, and as I'm moving from one trick to another, I'll say "hold on a second, I think I have a rock in my shoe." Then I take off my shoe and carefully pull out this huge rock - it always gets a big laugh, and it's just a gag. Then I build on that laugh and the idea of shoes/feet and tell a comedy bit about my toddler son taking his first steps and all the damage he did to our house when he learned to walk. It serves as a logical yet funny transition between tricks that keeps the audience entertained. Look for gags, oneliners, or stories that seem to fit together and use them to add to your show! Keep thinking and you'll come up with your own ideas! Good luck!
Message: Posted by: Jerry the Great (Jan 14, 2004 11:23PM)
I too am working on a comedy/magic act. I recently started reading a book called Comedy Writing Secrets by Melvin Helitzer. This has really helped me by showing me some of the disciplines that professional comedy writers rely on to consistanly come up with new material.

The approach that is working for me is to work on one trick at a time. I write down the effect and then brainstorm on key words, cliches, and play-on-words. Then I try to find areas of the effect that can be exaggerated or understated for humor.

The key thing to remember is that humor is created when you build tension in the audience and then suprise them. For example, if it looks as though your going to do a simple trick and you fail, the audience starts to get nervous for you. As the tension builds, you suprise them by not only succeeding, but by doing it in a way that they never thought of.

I hope this info. helps. From one comedy magi to another, keep em laughing! :rotf:
Message: Posted by: Dan Monroe (Jan 16, 2004 02:51PM)
I do a comedy magic act and I use alot of people from the crowd. Some of the things they say are funny because they are nervous in front of a crowd and that adds a lot of comedy. :rotf: