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Mike Giusti
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I tell the audience that they're gonna have to pipe down.

Works every single time.
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I had a gig at Sydneys comedy store, the guys before me were funny and the emcee was particularly funny (He looked a bit like Billy Connely and at one stage he came out in a pink fluffy neglige) but the crowd was ABSOLUTELY SILENT!!!
I have NEVER seen such a tough crowd, ever.
Anyway, I went on and did a couple of things to no response and then I asked the audience "So do you guys have much experience as a crowd?"
It didn't get the audience laughing, but all the comics in the back of the room cracked up! I'm sure that helped because my next bit not only got a HUGE laugh from the audience but they also broke into spontaneous applause.
The upshot being - if you're in the right room it can help to turn things around (or not).
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I've always thought making a decent joke out of the silence was the better bet. The timing is important here, I find you need that "pause and look" approach. Here's some of mine:

Pause, look down, and—"Hmm, this can't be a dream, because I'm not in my Spiderman underoos... (Or pink boxershorts, sister's leotards, lederhosen, naked, pick your favourite.)

Pause, look around at the walls, and—"You know, I think I can actually hear the paint drying!"

Pat or rub your ear or ears, and then—"The doctor warned me—if I did this trick again, I could go deaf!" This one works with faint applause as well.

"They told me that trick would just kill an audience, but I didn't really mean to do it!"

Shock, then peer out at the audience sheltering your eyes with your hand (good if you have bright stage lights)—"That one backfired—I think I made the audience disappear!"

If you know a phrase or two in another language, then—"Wait a minute... this isn't the Japanese show, is it? Wakarimaska?"

For a solo clapper: "Thanks mom!", or "Ladies and Gentlemen—my mother!" This is much funnier if the solo clapper does a loud obnoxious hoot or whistle.
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Remember that we are dealing with todays generation and the TV is their main source of entertainment.

They do not applaud to the artist on TV and so in a theatre have to be educated as to how to react.

We therefore at times need to educate then that a reaction is required - even if it is just to get up and leave. LOL

We can do this by interacting with them and eliciting a response from them to questions or actions.

They then will realise that they are not watching TV.

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Paula, I can't remember whose line it is but someone uses something along the line of, "This isn't television folks...interaction is encouraged."

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