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Posted by admin, June 30, 2011 4:28 pm

Actors on shows like Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and Friends seem like they are being silly and are having so much fun that their work as actors is often mistaken for being easy.  In actuality there is a lot of technique to what they are doing. The 3 techniques listed below are the most common mistakes I see when actors are working on sitcom material.

Comic timing simply defined means pick up your cues and don’t leave any empty spaces or “Dead Air.” Every moment has something happening in it whether it is a line, a sound, or a gesture.

2. Play Frustration, Not Anger

In comedy, even if it looks like anger, usually the character is just frustrated with the other character. Frustration, rather than anger is lighter and allows you to fight fore a greater variety of outcomes from the other character.

3. Make sure that when you say the lines that they are Clean, Crisp and Clear.

A line that ends in a period is one thought. Sitcom dialogue is short and very specific.  To deliver the lines specifically and clearly your thoughts, your understanding and meaning of the lines, have to be specific and clear as well.  When you’re specific in your mind and you enunciate clearly, your performance will feel clean and it will be funnier.

These techniques are difficult to explain in writing so please add a comment that might help a fellow actor.

 

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