Do you stop your audience from laughing?

Do you stop your audience from laughing?

I recently listened to a speaker give a marvellous speech. She was so  entertaining - and we all started off by laughing a lot.  But then our laughter came in shorter bursts......even though she was still funny. So what was happening?  Her words were

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How to be funnier

How to be funnier

So, you've come up with an idea for a funny line ..... but can you make it funnier?  Quite  possibly you can. The way that you structure your humour is very important. Turn your mind to the phrase 'punch line'.  The important word

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The day I ‘died’ on stage

The day I ‘died’ on stage

When I started stand up comedy my stage name was Nessie Flange (don’t ask). ‘Nessie’ was a very posh lady, given to passing wild opinions – a sort of Hyacinth Bucket character.  She wore a prim black suit and wedding hat.

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Have you ever done this?

Have you ever done this?

Have you ever heard someone say “listen, this story is really funny" only to find that you didn’t find it funny at all? Laughter comes from surprise – if you announce that you’re going to be ‘funny’ the surprise is gone. And,

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Ever been heckled by a mobile phone?

Ever been heckled by a mobile phone?

How many times have you heard someone's mobile phone go off when it shouldn't? When this happened at my comedy club, Laughter-House, the perpetrator was unfortunate enough to be sitting in the front row. The comedian leaned forward and the audience watched in

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