How to Be a Comedian – Tip 16: Microphone Technique – Part 4

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 15: Microphone Technique – Part 3, I’ll discussed how to deal with the mic cord and how to gesture with a mic in your hand. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 16: Microphone Technique – Part 4, I’ll offer tips on dealing with the mic stand, being ready for the unexpected, and exiting the stage.

How to Be a Comedian – Tip 16: Microphone Technique – Part 4

WHEN ADJUSTING THE MIC STAND . . .

Don’t loosen the center fastener all the way when adjusting the height of the mic stand. If you forget which direction to turn it, you can easily spend a full minute trying to get the stand to tighten up again.

Do loosen the fastener slightly, step on the bottom of the stand to stabilize it, adjust, then tighten. If it doesn’t tighten quickly, you’re going in the wrong direction.

Don’t take time to adjust the stand to just the perfect height and then take the mic out of it and set it behind you.

Do take the mic out immediately and place the stand out of the way.

COPING WITH THE UNEXPECTED . . .

Don’t ignore accidents and mistakes such as the mic holder coming off in your hand, knocking over the stand, wrapping the cord around your leg, or any other unforeseen event.

Do acknowledge what’s happening, then deal with it: Put the mic holder back on the stand, set the mic stand back up, or unwrap the cord from your leg. If you don’t attend to the problem, the audience will stare at it until you do.

WHEN LEAVING THE STAGE . . .

Don’t put the mic on a table or the floor.

Do put it back in the mic stand. It’s the mic stand’s only job.

Don’t toss the mic to the M.C.

Do hand it to the M.C. if he’s right there at the end of your show.

Don’t turn the mic OFF because the M.C. will speak immediately upon receiving it.

Do practice all of the above DO’s, and you’ll look and sound like a professional comedian.

In my next blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 17: Have an Introduction – Part 1, I’ll discuss the importance of writing introductions for your shows and how to write them.

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