How to Be Really Funny

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Piccadilly Books, Limited, 1999 - Performing Arts - 128 pages
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A good comedian can tell a bad joke and make it funny. A bad comedian can tell a hilarious joke and have it fall flat because of the way it is told. One of the keys to being really funny is not what you say, but how you say it. Accomplishing this involves both verbal as well as visual skills. In this book you will learn the secrets used by professional comedians to make their audiences roar with laughter. You will discover how to effectively use pantomime and physical comedy to create visual humour. How to use body language, facial expressions, and comic gestures to your advantage. You will explore the use of your voice as a tool to make the ordinary become extraordinary and entertainingly funny incorporating pitch, tone, volume, and language. You will also see how props and costumes can enhance your presentation. You will learn the techniques and develop the skills to create high-energy comedy. If you are an experienced comedian this book will enhance your abilities and sharpen your skills. If you are not a professional, this book will help you look and act like one. Whether you want to become a professional comedian, perform as a silly clown, create a hilarious school play, be the life of the party, or simply want to make your friends laugh out loud, this delightfully entertaining book will show you how.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
4
Whats So Funny?
5
Fun and Games
15
Copyright

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