Hong Kong RTV filmed our classic DIY comedy workshop: here are some extracts….
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Posture and positioning
Stance is crucial to the way you start your time in front of the audience. The classic comedian’s stance is about stability, centredness, grounding. It’s all about “owning the space” – the sense of having the right to be where you are, and being at ease there. The classic stance is directly facing towards the audience, with the feet somewhat apart and the knees not locked, but slightly softened. It’s the same stance that’s used as a starting point in many martial arts, because it’s the ideal solid, grounded position from which it’s easy to deal with any demand that is made, and make any movement that is required. It isn’t stiff or rigid – it’s strong, but softened and flexible. It’s stable, but it’s also energised. [Read more…]
“A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me; I’m afraid of widths” – laconic US stand-up comedian Stephen Wright
Perhaps the single most commonly admired attribute of stand-up comedians is their demonstration of courage and management of fear – preparedness to stand alone in front of an unknown, potentially hostile, and sometimes huge audience – risking failure: not amusing them, not being liked, being heckled or boo-ed off. This is a visceral and quite fundamental fear, which feels like it’s about one’s very survival. Not for nothing is a bad comedy experience on stage termed ‘dying on your *ss’. [Read more…]
Stand-up comedians are amazing exemplars of the art of presentation, in probably the most challenging of all public speaking situations: alone on stage for an extended time with an audience that may become hostile, with no agenda or content other than what arises from their own individuality, and with an expectation to be liked and to reliably entertain the audience and make them laugh. [Read more…]