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busterjuggler
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How would you recommend going about making juggling funny? Speech, gag's etc? what would go down best with adulter audiences?

I like displaying skill, which works really well, but what could a juggler do to be different? Ie: not stock lines etc?

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Midget juggling.
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To buy a prop is nothing.
To write a good routine is something.
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Wait, you want to entertain Adulterers?

How about, "Right now I'm going to juggle three women, but I guess you guys know all about that!"

Kapow !

That one goes out to Charles Kuralt!

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Often, I find humour arises with the interaction with the audience. To be really funny, one must connect with the audience first. You laugh with friends at their lame jokes and gags harder than you would seeing a complete stranger delivering the same lame lines.

A lot of what you will do to be funny is dependant on your personna. You can't do something out of character and expect it to be accepted. It will feel awkward.

I also feel that you shouldn't "try" to be funny. You shouldn't try to force funny. Some people can do it. Others can't. Sometimes it is a natural talent, and other times it is a long process of trial and error.

Don't be afraid to use some stock lines. These can help you develop your own lines. Stock lines are often good to use as an icebreaker. Watch comedians on tv and the internet. Watch how they start their set. A lot will make a comment about their appearance.

For example, if you look at my pic, I might say something like, "Yep, folks. I am the love child of Daddy Warbucks and Sinead O'Conner. Yes genetic are cruel. They can make a man go bald at the age of 21, but it won't do a think about the hair on his back. I didn't loose my air. I know exactly where it went." I lift up my shirt on the back and show my hairy back.

Not stellar material, but it will lighten the mood and show my audience my style of thinking and performing.

If you are looking for lines, some of the best ones come from joking around with friends and also from audience members. Write down what made you laugh, what made them laugh. This is developing material that is yours.
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You want humour and juggling... just watch me try....
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Hahahaha, THAT was funny!
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There are 3 ways of mixing humour and juggling and you can use one method or a mixture and it can work equally well.

The 3 methods:

1) Seperate. The juggler reels off a whole string of jokes whilst juggling. The jokes have no correlation to the juggling but since they are funny it's really being a comedian with something to do with your hands. There are several artists like this.

2) Related. The gags refer to the props you are using. For example you juggle a rubber chicken and say 'This is poultry in motion!'.

3) Intrinsic. The juggling is presented in a way that will make the audience laugh. The classic example of this is 'donkey juggling'. Sometimes this is humour that needs a set-up line or three and sometimes this is humour through mime. Mime works best with international audiences and with children.

In my adult shows I do none of method 1 and readily mix up the other two methods. One of my favourite jugglers, Steve Rawlings, uses all three. I don't care if my reaction is a laugh or a groan as long as there is a reaction. If I wish to impress my audience with my skills then I lose the humour for a couple of minutes. Also do not worry about laughs per minute in the same way that a comedian will, you are using two skills comedy and juggling, sometimes the juggling will distract from the comedy and the audience will miss gags. If this happens it's because they are impressed by what else you do so will not mind. The problems come if neither the juggling or the comedy are working.

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When people laugh, remember what you did right or wrong, and do it next time.
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In the heat of the moment you can forget your killer line. If I say something that gets a laugh and I think it is something that will work again I sometimes ask a member of the audience to remember it for me. Invariably they do and it seems to get a better response from the audience as a whole and the individual I've asked in particular. Of course this isn't possible in every situation but the situations where it will not work are frequently videoed.

Then I try the line (or sight gag or whatever) in my next performance. Quite often it doesn't work as well but if it does work it stays in the routine. If it doesn't work as well, it goes into the memory banks for the next time the particular situation where it works occurs.

Nigel
I knew a man who kept saying "pliers, pincers, scissors". He was speaking in tongs.

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Ok how about learning to write comedy in general? That is just crazy enough to work!
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Check out Peter's website.
http://www.petersasso.com

Probably one of the funniest jugglers I know.

He works on Carnival most of the time, but also comedy clubs when he is on shore.
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Quote:
On 2006-11-13 04:57, busterjuggler wrote:
How would you recommend going about making juggling funny?


Pretend to be struggling, while pretending to not be struggling.

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It all depends on if your more of a prop comic or standup comic, (with no props) than decide if you want to write jokes that don't use props, or have your props be the base of a joke.
I know saying having a prop may be a bit controversial but the concept is present.
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There are plenty of comedian jugglers out their...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm_38cuDnGg

don't steal original material, but their are standard gags that everyone and their mom uses...perhaps you could add one joke or gag every once and a while to a routine as you perform it in front of a real audience. Eventually you'll have a pretty funny routine that's all your own work. Work them in slowly because experience is the key.

and think of your own too... they will mostly come to mind during performances but also rehearsals as well. When you reherse visuallize your audience, and pretend they are saying things back to you and think what would you say in that situation? Have fun with it. In other words just don't practice the technical aspect of the routine, also practice the PERFORMANCE of the routine (they require two different mind sets)

Good luck...
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Another piece of advice is to ask other people around you for their input. They might not say anything helpful but in understanding why what they said isn't helpful you can gain insight into making a performance better. (This doesn't just hold for comedy juggling). I regularly talk to other jugglers when practicing and every so often they will see something that I'm doing and make a joke and if it is good enough I'll use it (or the reply I came up with to answer their comment) Perhaps along the lines of 'some people say chicken juggling is ugly but I like to think of it as poultry in motion' (to give my sort of slant on a very old joke).

Nigel
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Your original post seems to be asking, 'how can I be funny'. Well whatever the answer is to that you're not going to find any difinitive answer here or in any book that you read.

Do stuff you find funny, see if your audiences find it funny too.... then you're being funny.

unhelpfully ( but sincerely) yours Neal. Smile
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