Happy Heart Day, One and All!
I just can’t keep this treat to myself today. It’s as sweet as a box of chocolates. It’s as lovely as a bouquet of roses. It’s my new logo!
This logo has been a long time coming, but it was totally worth the wait! If you’re into the details, you’ll spot a silly cowgirl hat, a Shakespearean feather quill, a whimsical heart, an adorable fairy, a piece of pickle pie, a comical chicken, and a villainous mustache. Each one of these tiny images is a nod to something I’ve written: the Cowgirl Cookie old-fashioned melodramas, the Shakespearean spoofs, the Fairy Tale Skits, the Pie Palooza plays, etc. And I stand behind my tagline. They are all incredibly fun to direct, fun to perform, and fun to watch!
To celebrate in style, I want to offer everyone a
SPECIAL TREAT and FREE RESOURCE:
My Five Tips for Comedy Skits!
FIVE TIPS FOR COMEDY SKITS
1) Timing really is everything.
Performing a successful comedy skit is like telling a really good joke. It calls for perfect timing. Too fast, and your audience won’t get it. Too slow, and it’s deadly boring. Much of the humor will be in the pace of the skit—how snappy or deliberate lines are being delivered, significant pauses, etc. The skit should feel like a perfectly timed basketball play with a slam dunk at the buzzer!
2) Make us believe.
If you’re working without props in a skit, then make your gestures believable. For instance, if your character is opening a door, then consider what that truly looks like in all its steps: reaching for the doorknob, turning the handle, stepping back, opening the door, looking expectant, etc. Your job is to make the audience see what isn’t there.
3) Work on the small stuff.
Humor is not just being big and loud. A facial expression, a tone, a gesture, emphasis on a particular word or line, a pause at the right moment—these are small things, but they all have the power to get a huge laugh. Just getting loud doesn’t necessarily make a line funny. A true comedian knows how to get a laugh in ways other than sheer volume!
4) Let the script do the heavy lifting.
Don’t overact. If you’ve got a funny script, it should be able to do most of the work. You shouldn’t have to scream hysterically, collapse dramatically on the floor, or pretend to violently throttle your fellow actor to get a laugh from the audience. The lines are there—use them!
5) Crush the last line.
Treat the last line of a comedy skit like the punchline it’s meant to be. It’s the gold nugget you pull out of your pocket at just the right moment. Strike the proper tone and expression in the last line, and the entire skit succeeds! So satisfying.
Wishing you all the best on stage…and beyond!
Fun Middle School Plays
P.S. New free drama game coming March 1st right here on my blog!