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Hey Everyone,

Often, when inviting a helper on stage, and you ask for their name, do you do anything funny after they tell you what it is? For instance, I ask a helper their name and based on that, I have a funny gag that I do. A sample of them is listed below. I'd like to hear what you have to say- feel free to add your own.

Neil- (I will get down on one knee and 'kneel')
Eileen- (I say, I do too, and begin to lean on her)
Bob- (Bending at the knees, I bob up and down (get your mind out of the gutter)
Carrie- (But you're too heavy)
John- (point towards the back and say 'It's right out this door to the left')
Tony- (Yep, I have them too. point to toe and knee than do Head, Shoulder, knees, and toes)

These are some that I have used in my show. Wondering if you have others or different variations of these. Let's get started!

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Interesting thread idea. One thing I would just want to say is that it should be clear that using any of these should be based upon knowing who you are as a performer, the venue or markets you work and when to know if it is appropriate to use or not. With that said, here are a few.

Bob - (Is that Bob with 1 or 2 "o's")
John - (Hey did you know they named a room after you? How cool!")
Mark - (Yes I love to use crayons and mark in the coloring books too. It is so much fun)
Jerry - (Jerry.. Jerry Sienfeld! (act shocked) Oh man that is so awesome to have a comedian here. Oh LOVE your stuff)

I will see if I can think of some more.

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I often use a ruse where I ask them if there second name is such and such i.e

Keilen- Is your second name over
Ellie- " " Fant
tom-bola
Max-headroom
polly-gram
Preston-Andoffagain
bob-Fourapples
Amos-Quitobitme
harvey-wallbanger

etc it works for a lot of them. (and you can pinch them from knock knock jokes, too)

For adults I'll just call them Mr or Mrs 'comedy second name' and let them do the working out, for kids I have to make it a bit more obvious

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What's your name?

Bill.

Really? I've been getting your mail!


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Hehehee....Awesome one Lyndel. These are pretty good. Let's keep the list going. Later, I'll try to think of a few more to post.

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Art- (Yeah, you look pretty abstract)
Matt- (People walk all over you, huh?)
Sandy- (No, it's wood <knock on the stage>)
Stu- (Where? I love Stew. that's my favorite food!)
Phil- (I would, but where's your glass?)
Rose- (No thanks, I'm allergic to flowers)
Frank- (Hehehehhe....I won' touch this one....)
Pat- (Your parents weren't sure either, huh?)

I guess this is it for now.

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Ralph- (Are you not feeling well?)

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Irene- (Your parents are Asian? That's not how you pronounce EILEEN!)

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Mickey - (funny, you don't look like a mouse)
Ty - (No I decided to go without the suit tonight but thanks)
Megan (Me Gan? Well if I am gan who are you?) or (you Gan.. Me Kyle)

Will think up some more.

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Lee - (no actually these are Calvin Kline but thanks for asking)
Joe - (well I could go for a cup but then isn't 5 already enough for one day?)

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This will start off sounding like one of those posts made to spoil everyones' fun... but honestly it's not.

If you're asking for someone's name it's probably the 1st time you're interacting with them. You might then, want to seriously think twice about making your first comment to them one that mildly mocks them with a gag that (given it's their name and they've had it all their lives) they've almost certainly heard a thousand times before.

Some performers have a persona that can deliver this kind of comment and make it work in a 100% positive way for both the audience and the person you're addressing.... I know I'm not one of them.

HOWEVER... here's a stragergy that you might want to consider.

Matt... oh I had a friend called Matt, people used to walk all over him.

Polly... I knew a girl at school called Polly...Polly Gram... lovely girl, had an enormous record collection.

Bill.... I've got a friend called Bill, gets depresed everytime he picks up his mail...bill, bill, bill...

I've just picked those examples at random from the offerings given above. With a bit of thought you still get to do a name gag with their name but don't get the laugh at the specky's expense.

Cheers Neal.
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Neal, that is a good point I do agree you have to be sensitive (and not too cheesy (Mickey Mouse? C'mon Kyle!!!)) when joking around with their names. Your solution is great (and examples are nicely worded) however occasionally it will be better if you are joking around with their names.

I just keep this in mind and play it by ear.

I have misjudged it before, I once called a girl called Anna, Anna banana and I don't think she liked it much.

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Good point Neal. Kneel. Hehehehe.

I too will keep in my mind. I perfomr for adults in mostly comedy clubs so they're used to being heckled by me. It's definitely my character and they all seem totake it in good stride. For those few instances where I get a "bad" crowd, I will keep it in mind. it's a great way to keep the same joke, but not belittling anyone.

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Great way of handling that Neal. I do like that approach as it does allow you to still get an interactive moment and fun without the possibility of stepping on someone's feelings. As I stated at the beginning of this thread, it comes down to the performer know when it is appropriate and when it is not based upon the venue they are at, market and their personality or style What will work at an adult comedy club, may certainly not work at Billy's birthday party. you have to find out what works best for you and use proper judgement. Great ideas and sharing here.

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I totally agree. It's indigenous to the venue where you are working.

Any other name gags?

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Eileen - so do I.
Liz - short for lizard.
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It always got a laugh, though it is corney.
Magician:"What is your name?"
Volunteer or heckler: "(Any Name)"
Magician: (In a consoling voice)"Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that. Have they found a cure for it yet?"
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Jim or Art - I got a A in your class
Mark - That sounds like a dog with a hair lip. Mark Mark Mark
Any 2 letter name like R.J - How do you spell that?
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Hugh - "Me? My name is Nick?"
Peter - "What's that?" PETER "Ah! Now your REpeter"
Jack - "Can you hold up a car?"
William - "When there is a will there's a way."
Thomas - "You're not a doubting thomas are you?"
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