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Connections

September 1

From club owners, to audience members to other comedians, the number of characters you’ll meet will astound you. Some people theorise that comedians are ultimately seeking approval through laughter. I would partially agree with that, but...

Pulling the strings of laughter or finding the ticklish point

September 1

it takes a lot of work to find the inner child in us I’m very honoured to write about comedy in puppetry and shadow theatre. This article is not meant to be an in-depth analysis throughout history, but rather a scan of the right ingredients...

Ranting through the unexpected

September 1

The stand-up comic has become the pressure relief valve of a subservient society. “Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind; and when the same thought occurs to another man, it is the key to that era.” Ralph Waldo Emerson,...

The serious side of comedy

September 1

I can’t encourage comedic artists enough to get training and to get on stage. “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” That quote has been credited to several actors over the years (Peter O’Toole, Edmund Kean, Donald Crisp, Edmund Gwenn). I’m...

Finding your comedic voice

September 1

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...

Working with comedy

September 1

If you tell a friend a couple of jokes you are just telling jokes. If you tell those jokes through a microphone to a crowd of people you are a stand-up comedian Over more years than I can remember, I have been running workshops for ISTA around...