Now that you understand the concept of No Dead Air, here are a few ways to help you get there:
-Read the Funny. This goes hand-in-hand with Watching the Funny. Get a hold of the scripts from your favorite comedies; many are now available on line. Comedy writers are true geniuses (Amy Shumer, Tina Fey, Jill Soloway) because they not only have to know what’ll make most people laugh, they have to figure out how to make it sound authentically funny coming out of someone else’s mouth! So, read the script, then watch the show again and compare. What did the actor do differently? Look for the nuances in the actor’s performance (including body language, speech patterns, and, of course, timing!)
-Don’t Be Try to Be Funny. The funniest lines are usually delivered in complete earnest. Deliver a straight line in an incongruous circumstance and you have an opposite. Opposites are funny!
-R-E-L-A-X. You cannot be authentic, you cannot tell the truth, you cannot make your partner the most important person in the scene and you cannot act with intention if you are bound up in your own stuff. Let go. Know you’ll make mistakes and that it’s ok. Mistakes mean you’re building the foundation on which to build your funny. You’ll soon find that when you get into the groove, you’ll find the rhythm and it will just flow.
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