Finding your comedic voice

by Anne Marie Scheffler | 1 September 2014

I’m talking about a lifelong career, and that’s a long term project.

There’s an old show business saying that goes: “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” So how do you make a career out of being funny? I’m grateful to say that I do, so I’ll tell you my secret. I found my comedic voice. I’m going to tell you what a comic voice is, how I found mine and then I’m going to tell you how to find yours. I mean, if that’s OK with you …

 

What is a “comedic voice”?

What’s your comedic voice, you ask? It’s your personal brand of humour. Your voice is your expression, your point of view on situations. Someone walks into your house and says: “Sir, you just won a million dollars!” And you say: “I did?” And that voice, how you said: “I did?”, how you express the way you deal with what life throws you, is your voice. The way you squealed, or the way you were blasé about it, is now an insight into your spirit. And in comedy, your spirit is funny and open so we can all feel what you are feeling, and we can laugh with you. And your spirit, when we are talking comedy, can come out as your comedic voice.

Take the great comedians, for example. Can you hear Lucille Ball’s comedic voice say: “I did?” Or Adam Sandler? Ben Stiller? Arianna Grande? We watch comedians and go see stand-up because we like the comedian. We like the comedian because they have developed a comedic voice that we recognize as their sense of humour.

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