What does it mean when someone says your timing is off? Tonight material that always works fell flat. And I started to wonder why. It may have been the same material I always do, but it wasn't in the same order. It wasn't delivered with the same subtle inflections. I didn't deliver it remotely close to the manner I usually do. At one point my dad dying of stage four cancer got a sympathy applause break. Talk bout throwing the audience for a loop. I've had sympathy laughter before; I have never had a sympathy applause break. On the drive home I realized the cadence was wrong. There's a reason I sometimes will work in a story with a long set up. I used to think it was to get the audience to practice listening. Tonight I realized I use long stories to intentionally change the cadence of the delivery.
New Ranking: Analyzing The Subjective Nature Of Comedy
DRAFT TWOWhy do some people find things funny while others find the same humor a dreadful waste of their time? To answer this question, I looked up some negative reviews of Fletch. Fletch was the first comedy I ever saw. So, no doubt, when I saw it my standards were lower. I had neither seen the magnitude of comedians I have seen today and I had never toured Montana spouting off my own material that I often thought was brilliant while they would respond, “Who’s the idiot on stage and doesn’t he know most of us have never left this city or this bar?” And I had never written a humor column or watched a comedy film until that day. It was the day I learned how contagious laughter could be. I have never laughed harder or more in an hour and a half since. Looking back, it shape... [Read Entire Article]
Posted September 6, 2009 by Shayne Michael under Writing
Brett Butler was born Brett Anderson on January 30th, 1958 to Roland Decatur Anderson Jr and Carol Jean O'Quinn in Montgomery, Alabama. Today she is an American actress and stand-up comedian best known for playing the title role in 1990’s sitcom Grace Under Fire.
Butler was named after Lady Brett Ashley in story The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. During her mother's remarriage to Bob Butler, she changed her surname to Butler at the age of six. Her mother would actually remarry three times. She had psychological problems, attempted suicide, and was in and out of mental hospitals throughout Butler’s life. Butler herself grew up in Marietta, Georgia. She was the eldest of five sisters: Tana, Toren, Kristen and Katy. She attended the University of Georgia in 1975 and has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Charles Michael Wilson in July of 1978. They divorced only thre... [Read Entire Bio]