out of character
Character as Mask
CHARACTER AS MASK
A stand-up comic or keynote speaker always has his narrative character.
This is his image, the person he or she is pretending to be.
Felix Dexter (26 July 1961 – 18 October 2013) R. I. P.
left us an excellent example of a comic who maintained an obvious characterization
from the beginning to end of his very funny routine, "Nathaniel the Accountant":
The further the character is from your own personality,
•the more you will be able to say or do anything.
• play conservative narrative characters
•and let the dummy be an outrageous character
which the vent pretends he is trying to contain.
Conversely, you cannot really play "yourself."
Accurately portrayed, you are too complex to completely reveal before an audience in under one hour.
Many people go to therapists for years trying to present themselves . . . just to themselves!
However, you may present an aspect of yourself to the audience.
That also gives you more freedom as you now have a "mask" to don.
More on "Character:
your main character, minor characters.”
Organized Comedy: workshops
Richardson's workshops teach you traditional theatre and modern stand-up
Community Cultural Center
390 Morris Street
Register & make your investment online 24/7:
•This sequence of classes will help you better connect with audiences,
both from the stage and through the film/video camera.
Ages: Teens (18+) & Adults, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesdays, Spring 2015, Main
Hall/Blue Room, $150/6 weeks
Want to see if you can make audiences laugh?
Workshop Three, Spring 2015:
Stand-Up Comedy Workshop
How to write and tell jokes.
Your narrative vs. minor characters.
Editing your act into a tight set.
Students compete in amateur Comedy Marathon Contest at a public performance—
•First prize: $150
Session 3: Tuesday nights, March 31-May 5, 7-10 pm, Main Hall/Blue Room,
$150/6 weeks or $50/class drop in.
3 only: required $50 materials fee for Workbook
More information on all three of Jim's SCCC Spring 2015 workshops,
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Mill Valley, California
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