Acting For Comedy
Here are some guidelines of acting for comedy
Don’t try to be funny. Comedy comes in many different forms, but the funniest is often the least expected.
Comedy is a balance of both instinct and craft.
Contrasts: A clown falling on a banana skin is not funny because it is expected. But a businessman tripping on a banana skin is funny. Look for where contrasts exist, both physically and mentally.
Comic timing cannot be taught, but it can be developed, it can grow and become more sensitive, more courageous, and more imaginative. You have to be confident to be funny and find the rhythm of the scene.
Types of comedy
- Farce: A high-energy dramatic-comedic piece with improbable situations, exaggeration, and oftentimes playful roughhousing.
- Imbroglio: A comedy that grows out of a character’s attempt to solve a specific problem. Typically, the journey toward the solution becomes a comedy of errors that leads the hero into deeper entanglements, but the conclusion ends up happily. – a difficult or
- Black comedy: Comedy (usually a social commentary) that tests good taste and moral tolerability by juxtaposing dark elements of human nature with comical ones.
- Pantomime: Mainly designed for children, this musical drama dance, mime, puppetry, slapstick, and melodrama are combined to produce an entertaining and comic theatrical experience. In Europe and the UK, these “pantos” are performed around the holidays.
- Slapstick: S style of humor involving exaggerated physical activity which exceeds the boundaries of normal physical comedy.
- Improvisational comedy: has recently been popular with television audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, most notably with both British and American versions of the program Whose Line is it Anyway?
- Gameshow comedy:There are many UK comedies in which the format is that of a gameshow, and may give the guests a chance to perform stand up comedy to win a round. Examples of this genre include Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks
- Stand-up comedy: Fairly well represented on television. Stand-up comedians have long been a staple of variety and late-night talk shows; indeed, talk-variety shows such as The Tonight Show traditionally open with a comedy monologue performed by the program host.
This week’s challenges:
1. Create a comedy scene, film it and upload to the group or attend a virtual class and perform your scene there (if attending the virtual class, you may write in more characters if you like and send to the leader in advance).
2. Mindset challenge:
1. Make a list of your three favorite TV shows/ films (you need to start watching more TV and films) study the market in which you want to work. Write down the names of the three characters you want to play. Be able to say, “These are my favourite roles. They are perfect for me. This is what I really want.”
2. Write it out in a simple statement in the present tense. I am playing the role of [one of your three choices or something very similar to it]. Now, read it over and over. Daily. Hourly. See it, Feel it. Taste it. Attach all the emotion and passion that you have to it.
3. Say the thought out loud. “I am finding the perfect team to help me realize my dreams and to get my marketing tools up to speed and to represent me perfectly so I can be working consistently now. This is what I really want.”
Stop the negative chatter. By focusing on what you do want you’ll actually begin to make it happen. That is, as long as you don’t block it by going back to saying all the negative stuff and as long as you activate – Do something.