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K-Rod
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I believe there are two things that make a comedy act great: honesty and commitment. If you are honest with your audience and give them a genuine approach to your performance/material, you will gain their trust. If you ever notice, some of the best comics and magicians get the best responses because they deliver their material as if they were talking to a group of friends. I believe that certain spark is difficult to attain and only a select few can pull it off, but that’s what makes them great.

I can’t tell you how many comics, and magicians, I’ve seen who have had great material…excellent material…that has just gone to waste because they weren’t real with their audience. I’ve seen the Vanishing Bandana flop because the performer just “went through the motions”. You have to find a persona and approach that relates to your audience -- that in which they can relate to in return. You can have all the greatest one-liners in the world, but if you don’t present that persona as true to the audience, then you’re dead. (Please note that when I say “true” and “honest”, I don’t mean as if you actually believe all the one-liners are true, but you present them as if coming directly from you as opposed to the book you found them in.)

If you are truly committed to your character and the persona at which you present your performance, it will win the audience nearly every time. I’ve been in the audience where fellow magicians (ones that I have looked up to) have presented their character at less than 100% and it just made them look foolish. While I was getting my Bachelor’s in theatre, I learned that the only way you can gain empathy from the audience is if you are 100% committed to what you are presenting to them; anything less with completely take them out of the moment.
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I remember Dick Van Dyke doing a routine on slapstick versus cerebral humor...His routine was based on slapstick was old school and not appropriate any more.

Of course it proved the opposite. True in 1960 also true today.

It's two mints in one...

My programs are/is of both schools...


and yes...monkeys (and Mondays) can be funny.

hmm how about a cerebral monkey.

side question how many of you have monkeys, monkey puppets or references to monkeys in your act?




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This book is out standing and one of the abotts cataloge has a list of 150 comedy magic by patric page
http://www.magicgettogether.com/mm5/merc......Code=CMW
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I would say a great personality is key, a.k.a Character

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Terry Seabrooke just finished a lecture and I was helping him sell his notes. A guy came up to hin and asked, "How can I become funny?" Seabrooke answered, "Are you at all funny now?" The guy said, "No." Terry then replied, "I don't think you can be funny."
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On 2009-03-11 12:22, suspectacts wrote:
I love that Comedy Writer is asking this question. If he is lost, what chance do the rest of us have.

As far as my opinion, don't worry about what's 'beyond' funny. Get your laughs per minute first and then follow your heart.


How many laughs per minute do you have in mind?
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You're either funny or you're not.
It's like being pretty-not much you can do about it.
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On 2009-03-10 20:31, Comedy Writer wrote:
...Besides being funny. What are the elements of a great, funny act?

CW


This is what he asked!! NOTE!!! Besides being funny!!!!!
No one said it would be easy, or did they?

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On 2009-04-04 10:42, magicgeorge wrote:
You're all wrong. the correct answer is:
a monkey

I think.

Are you considering I am the funniest one here? If so, thank you.
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There's all manner of approaches and techniques that can go towards making a great comedy act but the only thing that matters is are the audience laughing?

It doesn't really matter how you get there. You might break every technical and methodological rule in the book but if you're a comedy act and you're making the crowd laugh, then that's hard to argue with.
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On 2009-08-14 13:40, Jerskin wrote:
You're either funny or you're not.
It's like being pretty-not much you can do about it.


My mom says I'm funny and that's good enough for me.
She also says I'm special....
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On 2009-08-14 13:40, Jerskin wrote:
You're either funny or you're not.
It's like being pretty-not much you can do about it.

You can always get a face lift.
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It's a great show if I enjoy it and was engaging the audience all the time
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