In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 14: Microphone Technique – Part 2, I gave several suggestions for what to do when the mic isn’t working and how to hold a hand mic properly. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 15: Microphone Technique – Part 3, I’ll discuss how to deal with the cord and how to gesture with a mic in your hand.
How to Be a Comedian – Tip 15: Microphone Technique – Part 3
DEALING WITH THE CORD . . .
Don’t walk directly into the cord. It’ll ride up between your legs. Then, when you turn around, it might wrap around one leg.
Do gently flip the cord toward the audience so that it hangs away from your body and you can walk about the stage unencumbered.
Don’t keep kicking the cord out of your way. The audience will be watching your foot instead of listening to your comedy.
Do use your foot occasionally to push the cord out in front of you.
Don’t step on the cord while walking. You could tear the mic out of your hand and/or damage the jack or cord.
Do take the time to look down to see where the cord is.
Don’t gather the cord up in your microphone hand. When you reach the end of the cord while walking, besides looking like an idiot, you could pop the cord and mic right out of your hand or the wall.
Do let the cord hang down in front of you. It will seem odd at first, but you’ll quickly become accustomed to it. Again, if you keep the cord toward the audience, it’ll hang away from your body.
Don’t wind the cord around the wrist of your free hand.
Do leave your free hand available for gesturing.
Don’t stroke up and down on the cord, it will appears as if you’re masturbating.
Do allow your hand to rest at your side when you’re not gesturing.
WHEN GESTURING . . .
Don’t gesture with the hand that’s holding the mic. Your hand and the mic will move away from your mouth and the audience won’t hear what you’re saying.
Do gesture with the non-mic hand. Feel free to transfer the mic from hand to hand as your need to gesture changes.
In my next blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 16: Microphone Technique – Part 4, I’ll cover dealing with the mic stand and how to get off stage smoothly.
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