Chapter 7 – Rehearsing To Be Funny

Chapter 7
Rehearsing To Be Funny

Most people believe that all they have to do to be funny is memorize a bunch of jokes, then get on stage and tell them. But to be funny isn’t  that simple. Have you ever told a joke that got a huge laugh in one situation and a roar of silence in another? A perfect example of the truism, jokes aren’t always funny. And that’s precisely why doing stand-up comedy involves much more than just telling jokes to be funny.


Rehearsing To Be Funny
Table of Contents

REHEARSING TO BE FUNNY
Comedians interpret jokes in ways that make people laugh
The performance state mimics the rehearsal state

THE CREATOR AND THE CRITIC

THE PROBLEM: REHEARSING THE CREATOR AND CRITIC TOGETHER

THE SOLUTION: SEPARATING THE CREATOR AND THE CRITIC

WHY REHEARSE TO BE FUNNY?
A joke is a response to some experience
The mind remembers in pictures, sounds, and feelings
Sensory experiences activate human behavior
Words do not activate human behaviors
Memorizing the words is the worst type of rehearsal
Memorizing experiences is the best type of rehearsal
Within every joke is an experience
Acting out the POVs
Whatever state you’re in, the audience is in
When you remember and communicate your material as a sensory experience–
the audience will enter your movie


Rehearsing To Be Funny
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As a teacher, I find students who want to be funny have many more performing problems that need to be solved than writing problems. Joke writing problems can usually be eliminated with practice, time and effort, but performing problems may keep a student stuck at the same level until they are solved. Almost all performing problems are a result of improper rehearsal.

The Problem: Rehearsing the Creator and Critic Together

When people try to be funny and critical at the same time, the Creator and the Critic conflict and the effectiveness of both is canceled out. This problem is a result of ineffective rehearsal practices. For example, while practicing his material a comic may allow the Critic to interject a constant stream of negative comments through internal self-talk.

If you’re creative and self-critical at the same time when you rehearse, you’re rehearsing the Critic into your show. This is a very important if you want to be funny. Remember that the performance state mimics the rehearsal state. So if you rehearse the Critic into your show, how can you expect to be free of it when you just want to be funny? You can’t. The Critic will consume your attention on stage just as thoroughly as it does during rehearsal.

Rehearing To Be Funny teaches not to memorize words to be funny naturally. Instead, remember the pictures, sounds and feelings of the joke to be funny. Buy Step By Step to Stand Up Comedy to learn to be funny like you’ve always act to be funny.

 

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