In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 10: When the Audience is Laughing – Part 2, I discussed the importance to pause after each punch or tag. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 11: When the Audience is Laughing – Part 3, I’ll offer several techniques to use while the audience is laughing.
How to Be a Comedian – Tip 11: When the Audience is Laughing – Part 3
Once you learn to stop talking after every punch or tag, the next thing to know is what you can do while the audience is laughing. Here are several:
Just stand still, become suspended in time, until the laughter starts to taper off. This is a very effective technique for short laughs. But freezing quickly becomes artificial, and difficult to hold during a very long laugh. So use it sparingly.
Remain In the Same State Of Mind You Were In When the Laugh Began
Jerry Seinfeld calls this, “Staying in the scene.” If you keep the emotion or state of mind you had when you finished the joke, without speaking, this gives the audience a signal to laugh. Then when the laughter subsides, you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off. For instance, if you were ranting and raving and pacing while you said the joke, when they laugh, continue pacing with the same agitated intensity but without speaking. Then when they stop laughing, you’ll have maintained the energy level so you can jump right back into ranting and raving.
In my next blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 12: When the Audience is Laughing – Part 4, I’ll offer several more techniques you can use while the audience is laughing.
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