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How Can You Be Funny On the Spot Without Pre-Written Jokes?

If you take time to investigate someone who appears to be "naturally" funny, you will find that they developed their ability to be funny through exposure and experience. Either through watching hours and hours of television or exposure to friends or family who also had exposure to comedy. Through many of my own observations with multiple students, I've found that we can recreate that kind of exposure and help them develop a spontaneous sense of humor that may not have been there before. This is accomplished through enabling them to understand the stimuli that makes people laugh, then giving them repeated exercises to help them automatize this understanding until it becomes "natural."
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14 Reasons Stand Up Comedy is Great For Actors

Growing up the child of actors and being an actor myself, studying with the top teachers in New York and L.A., I never knew that right before my very eyes was a solution to the actors age-old problem of unemployment.

It's stand-up comedy. Out of all the actors in the Screen Actor's Guild, at any given time, 2 percent are working.

When I discovered stand-up comedy, I learned that I could work when I wasn't 'working,' hone my ability to be present and in the moment and become fearless!

As an actor, most performing is at auditions or in acting class. And what are those scenes, 3-minutes? Auditions, 1-2 minutes?

When doing stand-up, you have a nightly opportunity to be on stage and be open to every minute inspiration that occurs for stretches of time like 5, 10 or 20 minutes?

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Why Are You Yelling Your Comedy?

The benign violation theory, a psychological phenomenon where the audience will recoil from the offense. In comedy it's when the audience is repulsed or offended by the content or also the volume. Yelling or screaming into the microphone is not a substitution for authentic enthusiasm...
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What’s So Funny?

Years ago, when I was first starting in comedy, I worked with a headliner comedian who said he hadn't written a new joke in 11 years. Why do so many
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How To Be A Funny Man in 3 Steps

There's an old saying, "It is impossible to dislike someone who makes you laugh."  Whether you are looking to use humor to improve relationships, sales, presentations, script writing or simply
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How To Be A Funny Girl

"How can I be a funny girl? You can never find anything on how to be a funny girl!" This young lady said to me recently. Interesting question, because literally
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What is Funny?

What is funny? You really want to know what's funny? How 'bout some dumb-ass blogger trying to write an article entitled "What is Funny?!" Funny is such a subjective term. How is