Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Stand Up Comedy : Audience Contact

Pro tip: if you're a stand up comedian trying to save your set and ask the audience a question trying to set up your next joke, be prepared to HEAR what the audience member who speaks up says, and stay with THAT before going straight into your joke. Otherwise it smells like b.s. and the audience stays cold. Also: if the stage lights prevent you from seeing the audience and that makes you feel like a 'comedian lost in space,' step the fk out of the light and make 'real' contact with faces you can see; after you win back the crowd, you can get back into the light.
Just two cents from a journeyman Shakespearean actor who's done his share of audience contact.

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