In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 17: Have an Introduction – Part 1, I discussed the importance of writing an introduction for your shows. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 18: Have an Introduction – Part 2, I’ll offer several pointers for writing a good introduction.
Write Your Introduction on a 3 X 5 Index Card
This will help because the M.C. can stick it in his pocket and read it on stage. Print it in large letters that’ll be easy to read. Sometimes performers go on stage without their glasses. Also, bring two or three duplicate cards because the M.C. may lose the original before it’s time to bring you up. If you have an extra, you’ll be able to hand it to him just before you are brought on stage.
Spell Your Name Phonetically
If your name is difficult to pronounce, print it out phonetically. One student was blessed with the name Mark Dziwanowski, (jew-van-ow-ski). As Mark is fond of saying,
“I’ve got consonants in my name who’ve never met.”
If he doesn’t spell his name phonetically for M.C.’s, they’ll either screw it up completely or just introduce him as “Mark.” This is okay if you have material to deal with the recurring incident.
Make It a Joke
If the M.C. thinks he’ll get a laugh with it, he’s more likely to use it. Here’s one that I give to M.C.’s because they can’t screw it up:
“Our next gentleman needs no introduction – (walk off stage).”
The M.C. gets a laugh, and I get to introduce myself.
In my next blog, How to Be a Comedian – Tip 18: Have an Introduction – Part 2, I’ll offer several more ideas for writing a proper introduction.
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