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Dickens & Dave
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Here's a little something I was thinking about while watching some old Dean Martin videos;
What have you learned from non-vent performers, that has helped you in your vent performances.

I thought of that while watching Dean Martin, because of him, and Carol Burnett and company (Harvey Korman and Tim Conway especially) - and others like them, you could tell they were really enjoying themselves and having a good time. That's something that was obvious from the time I was first watching them way back when, they were really having fun, and it's infectious. Of course they still had to have good material and be good performers, but I think it added a lot to viewer's enjoyment seeing they were having fun with it and enjoying it as much as you know they hoped their audience would.
So I guess in a nutshell, what I learned from them was to just really have fun yourself while performing, and let the audience see that.

So what have you learned from non-vent performers?
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Lots!!! Smile

I particularly like watching our local legendary tv comedians, most of them are gone now...they do lots of really funny stuff like facial expressions, mannerisms... etc.

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From Johnny Carson (even though he was once a vent) I learned the secret of comedy:

"It's all in the timing."

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One could make a life-long study of Burnett and Company comedy- I don't think anyone has surpassed their gift of humor in all these years. By the way, where does one find those old episodes?

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Yes, they were definitely a treasure, and some of the best was when they would start cracking each other up. Seems I remember an interview where one of the cast said they would try to do that to each other with Tim Conway being the most notorious for getting the others laughing.
I know they sell collections of the Carol Burnett show, I've seen infomercials for them, I've seen them on ebay, and I'm sure you could probably get them at places like Amazon. I keep thinking I want to get them because I so loved that show when it was on.
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People often say that comedy is all about surprise (consider most punch lines). But Buster Keaton taught me that comedy is often about anticipation. Harder to do, too.
Jack Benny taught me that comedy is often about character rather than about jokes...and that silence after a set up may often get a bigger laugh than any punch line you could write.

-Philip
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1. Timing
2. Character voices
3. Double takes
4. Triple takes
5. Silence is ok
6. Working with props
7. How to be a better singer
8. It's ok to bomb. .(from Carol Burnetts Biography)
9. Working in an ensemble (yes I have used vent musicals...like Godspell..my character was worked into a "double" with some lines spoken by an old man figure)
10. Drama and comedy can work together within the same show
11. I am too old to know it all

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From Red Skelton - it's OK to laugh at yourself
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Oh! Red Skelton, another great! I guess that's not only true, but needed in vent, to be able to laugh at yourself, since we are often the butt of our own jokes as we play straight guy to our figures.
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Dave,

I've learned a lot from several of the T.V. preachers. (Names withheld) They know how to cry, laugh, wave their hanky's and walla. . . money just appears. Better than magic.

Steve

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Haha, that's true. Their true God is green and they can sure put on a show to bring their God to them.
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