A Tapestry of Storytellers’ Tips and Tales

A Tapestry of Storytellers’ Tips and Tales

© Yvonne Healy 2003. All rights reserved.
Published: www.creativekeys.net/StorytellingPower

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Yvonne Healy Shares Her Ideas on Humor

  • Take yourself lightly.
  • Third time’s the charm: introduce the bit, repeat the bit, twist the bit.
  • Take risks. Make mistakes. Comedian Martin Short claims 30% or more of his material is horrendous – a sacrifice in the search for humor.
  • Unexpected gifts are found along new paths.
  • Stretch your face before performance. Like vocal warm-ups, stretching makes it more flexible and expressive.
  • Find a different way to say the same old thing. Jack Benny was praised as one “who says things funny, as opposed to a comic, who says funny things.”
  • Watch old comedy films & TV variety shows. Trained in vaudeville, these comics adapted classic material, tailoring it to their speech rhythms & personas, and considered it an honor to be emulated but not copied.
  • Include loving-kindness when poking fun at anyone including oneself.

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