amuse the audience    basic joke     funny      joke     gold mines    

         off the wall     laughs


     Most difficult situation, how to find the humor?

     Humor is...

always based on the unexpected.

     Look for red flags of author.

based on foibles of the characters.
from basic joke.
mainly based on suffering.
playing out every moment. Humor of each situation. Humor is not waiting for the first lines.
the character: character laughter. Don't spill it - don't spill it - then spill it.
the logic of scene.
total derailment.

     All comedy situations have to get more terrible, the minute you get over it, the humor is gone.

     The clown never smiles, the clown has a tear painted in the corner of his eye. Everything hurts.


     Where the humor lies.

     Humor... can be ironic and grim not just joke, joke, joke.
comes out of difficulty.
counter point of Mystery.
in everything; you must spot it.
in the character go for believable.
of despair. Suffer in grandiose to make it funny. Grand Opera.
relates to audience. What can they relate too? Basic Joke and suffer funny.
relies on reality. Not on actor's thinking of jokes.

     Play the situation. The reality of the situation, the humor will arise from that.


     Play for the humor.

     Humor of scene:

     Uncharacteristic of a woman to want to get laid.

     Basis of humor: audience wants to see people with bigger problems.

     Con man conning the idiot "sucker". etc.

     People brought up with the "humor of disaster".

     Jewish humor: laid back, very dry, very ironic, not fanatic, survival jokes, based on wisdom.

  1. Be aware the intention to amuse. Elements of humor.
  2. Comedy change your concept. Dilemma greater. Don't play humor of dialogue. Approach to the man hole.
  3. Find the humor in: short pants, etc.
  4. Find the moments to sacrifice the humor for reality.
  5. Humor comes out of difficulty.
  6. Humor is based on foibles of the characters.
  7. Humor is total derailment.
  8. See the courage of the person, see the humor.
  9. Set the key; Humor, etc.
  10. The style of Comedy of Manners is where the humor is based on one segment of society, example: upper class England.
  11. Understanding of humor: lesson in using body, sense of gesture, some are funny, others aren't.
  12. What are the principles of Comedy? Understand the concept. Find the humor, find what is funny.

"In the end, it can't look like acting."