Would you like to become a great comedian? Know that a good joke is based on three principles, the audience, the timing and the actor. Here are some simple ideas to easily juggle them.
Step 1. Place your jokes well
There are good times and bad times to say them, like when they are too well known to your listeners or they don't want to laugh at a particular topic.
Step 2. Dress like a funny comedian
Your dress represents your personality to the public. Always try to wear T-shirts with slogans or cartoons on them. You can find it anywhere, at Bershka for example, but try to avoid too classy places like Massimo Dutti or Zara. If you can't afford Bershka, try to get clothes from stores that have fun clothes.
Step 3. Tell a joke that your listeners can relate to
But you should always add humor and style to your stories, you should always tell your jokes in an appropriate tone.
Step 4. Don't limit yourself to one topic, because after a while it will lose its edge and people may get bored or think of something else
So try to change the subject regularly to keep the audience's attention.
Step 5. When telling a funny story, tell it in a funny way, for example with an overly sweet and kind tone
Step 6. If people don't like what you are doing, react directly and laugh at yourself
Not only will this cheer you up, it also makes any skit an inexhaustible gold mine.
Step 7. If you are a musician, play a ringtone tune on the piano and you will see your audience laughing, like children in front of a clown
Step 8. If you want to be hilarious, try making a joke on yourself first
Self-mockery will allow you to achieve the status of a great actor in the eyes of the public, which will then give you a chance to make them laugh.
- Try to tell jokes to your loved ones and take note of their reaction. Do some sort of mental poll on the effectiveness of your jokes.
- Try not to laugh at your own jokes. The smile and the possible chuckle are more than enough.
- Don't forget to walk around the stage. You don't want to show your nervousness by staying frozen in one place. Moreover, this would risk disinteresting the people placed on the sides, because they would feel excluded from the "conversation".
- Watch comedy skits or cartoons to see what kind of comedy you like to do.
- Body language and timing.
- Consider watching or listening to the performances of other comedians. It can give you inspiration or techniques, funny faces, some notion of the timing used by other actors.
- Don't make your audience the joke. Tell an embarrassing story about yourself. But if anyone in the audience leaves the room or does something weird (original laugh, ringing phone, etc.), don't miss the chance to make it a topic of improvised joke.
- Refer to “mister everyone”.
- Choose a particular type of humor. Watch comedians who have become experts in the field. Raymond Devos for example for puns. Note that you will have to try to persevere in the genre you have selected.
- A little note about the actors, Dieudonné in particular. Don't limit yourself to just one comedy theme, like different cultures or religions, as that will make you a closed-minded comedian and might even label you a racist. Dieudonné is a good example: his almost exclusively anti-Semitic humor has earned him court sentences for defamation and incitement to hatred. You absolutely need to diversify. The mark of good actors is to be able to laugh at everything and everyone without any discrimination.
- Get inspired by famous classic comedians like Coluche, Pierre Desproges, Raymond Devos, Bourvil, Louis de Funès or contemporary show-men like Gad Elmaleh or Jamel.
- Dress silly so that barely on stage you make your audience laugh before you even say your first sentence!
- If you are nervous about the stage, try to imagine your audience in their underwear or something like that to let go of your stress.
- Racial humor can be appropriate with moderation and public consideration. While in general humor towards minorities is taboo, humor towards the Americanized white westerner is universally accepted. Be aware of this double principle and be careful!
- Remember Molière's sentence: “My goal is to make people laugh, if I can't do it, then my message didn't get through”.
- Avoid telling jokes that are too offensive, especially if they are racist. A little bit of controversy or politically incorrect topics is interesting, but know how to judge the limits that should not be crossed. The least risky situation is laughing at a race or religion that you yourself are a part of. In this case, still make your origins clear to your audience before telling all the funny stories you want. So your audience won't take offense to an offense to a people or a minority that you yourself are a part of, especially if it's clear from the start.
- Try not to copy or repeat jokes that others have said before you. Keep up with the news to make it a joke!
- Avoid jokes that take too long to explain or involve facts that no one knows.
- Always try to avoid making fun of specific people in a way that might hurt them.
- And finally, never try to make someone laugh by ridiculing someone. It's not really humor anymore.