Stand-Up Comedy Microphone Techniques – Part 2 – How to Be a Comedian Tips

In my previous blog, How to Be a Comedian Tips 13: Stand-Up Comedy Microphone Techniques – Part 1, I discussed the importance of knowing how to used a mic and gave several Do’s and Don’ts. In this blog, How to Be a Comedian Tips 14: Stand-Up Comedy Microphone Techniques – Part 2, I’ll offer even more Do’s and Don’ts.

 

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How to Be a Comedian Tips 14:

Stand-Up Comedy Microphone Techniques – Part 2

 

 

 

 

STAND-UP COMEDY MICROPHONE TECHNIQUES – IF THE MIC DOESN’T WORK . . .

Don’t get angry, throw a fit, or put down the club for having bad equipment. It just makes you look amateurish.

Do politely let the manager know that the P.A. system isn’t working. Then put the mic in the stand, set it aside, raise your voice, and do your show to the best of your ability.stand-up comedy microphone techniques Greg Dean Comedy stand-up comedy classes los angeles and santa monica take comedy class

STAND-UP COMEDY MICROPHONE TECHNIQUES – IF THE MIC WORKS BUT YOU CAN’T HEAR YOURSELF . . .

Don’t yell really loud as a joke. If the mic is on you’ll hurt the audience’s ears or possibly blow out a speaker. Either way, you’ll look like a jerk.

Do speak a little louder, gradually raising your voice until you can hear yourself. Or ask the audience if they can hear you. It’s not as important that you can hear yourself as it is that they can hear you. There are what I call “deaf stages,” where the speakers are so far in front of the proscenium that the performers on stage can’t hear themselves at all, although the audience can hear just fine.

STAND-UP COMEDY MICROPHONE TECHNIQUES – HOW TO HOLD A MIC . . .

Don’t cover the lower portion of your face with the mic.stand-up comedy microphone techniques DVD How to be a stand- up comedian Greg Dean Comedy, comedy class, comedy class Los Angeles, comedy class la, comedy classes, comedy classes Los Angeles, comedy classes la, stand-up comedy class, stand-up comedy classes, stand-up comedy class Los Angeles, stand-up comedy classes Los Angeles

Do hold the mic so it could graze the bottom of your chin.

Don’t speak directly into the mic. It distorts the sound, and the breathy consonants – P, B, F, and W – will make whooshing or popping sounds.

Do speak over the top of the mic. Most hand-mics are omni-directional, which means they pick up sound just as well from any angle within a certain distance. Holding the mic at chin level, you’ll easily be within that distance.

In my next blog, How to Be a Comedian Tip 15: Microphone Technique – Part 3, I’ll suggest several more microphone techniques.

How to Be a Comedian Tips 14:

Stand-Up Comedy Microphone Techniques – Part 2

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