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Has anybody studied the comedy of Don Knox?

He began his career as a ventriloquist in his home town of Morgantown, West Virginia, and began working as a stand-up comedian entertaining troops during World War II.

It is a lot easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
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Your post was right on the money! We all have favorite actors and comedians who have influenced us. However, to be successful we need to develop the comedic actor that is naturally and uniquely within our own self.

My view on this is to basically take whatever you're like in everyday life, and make it more extreme. Turn up the volume of you personality. If you are an uppity person in real life, be even more uppity on stage. If you're a smart aleck in real life, be an even bigger smart aleck in your show. Mac King has based his stage persona from his true life Kentucky past; he just turned up the volume and acts like a wacky hillbilly magician straight out of the Catskills.

In my everyday life, I'm a bit of a wisecracker who experiences difficulty beacuse I attempt to do things that I'm not really qualified to do (such as writing this post!) My stage persona is that of a befumbled magician who has to overcome many obstacles during his show but still manages to get by (if only by the seat of his pants).

Mark Kornhauser is my favorite comedy magician because of the unforgettable characters he uses in his act. The Feb 2002 issue of Magic magazine has a great interview in which Mark explains the concepts of how he creates and develops the comedic characters he uses in his performances. It's definitely worth re-reading if you have the issue.

Hope this gives you food for thought, Simon.
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Peter Sellers, Steve Martin and Mr Bean all the way
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The best intellectual analysis of comedy I've ever read is Steve Allen's "How to Be Funny". It explains the different types of comedy, and how to construct those types of humor. The book is an expert analysis of the craft by one of the funniest writers and comics of our time. You're bound to find a style that fits you.

Here's the table of contents:

1. Your Gift for Funniness
2. What Is Funniness?
3. Constructing Jokes by Formula
4. The Instantaneous Ad-Lib
5. Enriching the Script with Ad-Libs (this was Allen's forte, by the way)
6. Ad-Libbing Offstage
7. Writing Monologues, Sketches and Comedy Essays
8. Creating Television Satire
9. Satire in Print
10. Performing Stand-Up Comedy
11. Doing Characterizations
12. Television Talk Show Comedy
13. The Uninhibited Approach to TV Comedy and Talk
14. How to Sell Jokes

Amazon has sample pages here:
'The central secret of conjuring is a manipulation of interest.' - Henry Hay
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