Delivering Humor — Let There Be Light

Humor Power

Does humor play best with the lights up…or with the lights down? You have two areas of concern for lighting. First, the lighting for the stage or the performance area. And second, the lighting for the audience area. We also need to recognize that sometimes you can control the lighting, sometimes you can’t. For example, if you’re performing in a comedy club, it’s unlikely you’ll have much control over the lights.

My triple Axel moment

Speak Schmeak

I was the first teller on stage; what a relief! First, there was a fixed mic on a stand in the middle of the stage, and we were not allowed to remove it or walk around the stage, for the purposes of videotaping. I'm used to moving around the stage or the room, and it was awkward to have to stand in one place. Another thing that was strange for me: Stage lighting!

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Challenging Performing Conditions

Humor Power

Give the organizers of the event instructions which will help them set up the stage, lights and sound to give your act a fighting chance. Hopefully you’re aware of how bad the situation will be BEFORE you take the stage. Open with your best material. If necessary step off the stage. If things are going poorly, shorten your set and get off the stage.

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Interview w/Ian Tyson: comedian & motivational speaker

Speaker Confessions

In that regard, it makes what I do that much more appealing as a career, if I wasn’t doing it on a stage I would be telling friends over dinner. My process for writing new material is always evolving. If I am adding something new to my existing show, it usually develops through improvisation on stage or forethought of a story/bit that I throw in when the time seems right. I was very excited to be on the stage I performed high school plays in.

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Dear Speakers - James Duncan Davidson - James Duncan Davidson

Getting up on stage and speaking is a difficult and demanding thing to do. It’s also hard to know how what you are doing up there on stage is perceived by the audience. Malcolm Matson, OPLAN Foundation, on stage at eComm2009 / ©2009 James Duncan Davidson Please deliver your speech to the crowd, not the screen. This was directed at those speakers that pace from one end of the stage and back to the other at rather high speed. Stages have edges.

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