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Topic: Bill Hicks rules of comedy
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Sep 7, 2018 06:07PM)
Thought some of you might find this relevant to mentalism...
BILL HICKS’ PRINCIPLES OF COMEDY

1. If you can be yourself on stage nobody else can be you and you have the law of supply and demand covered.

2. The act is something you fall back on if you can’t think of anything else to say.

3. Only do what you think is funny, never just what you think they will like, even though it’s not that funny to you.

4. Never ask them is this funny – you tell them this is funny.

5. You are not married to any of this **** – if something happens, taking you off on a tangent, NEVER go back and finish a bit, just move on.

6. NEVER ask the audience “How You Doing?” People who do that can’t think of an opening line. They came to see you to tell them how they’re doing, asking that stupid question up front just digs a hole. This is The Most Common Mistake made by performers. I want to leave as soon as they say that.

7. Write what entertains you. If you can’t be funny be interesting. You haven’t lost the crowd. Have something to say and then do it in a funny way.

8. I close my eyes and walk out there and that’s where I start, Honest.

9. Listen to what you are saying, ask yourself, “Why am I saying it and is it Necessary?” (This will filter all your material and cut the unnecessary words, economy of words)

10. Play to the top of the intelligence of the room. There aren’t any bad crowds, just wrong choices.

11. Remember this is the hardest thing there is to do. If you can do this you can do anything.

12. I love my cracker roots. Get to know your family, be friends with them.
Message: Posted by: Steven Keyl (Sep 7, 2018 06:12PM)
Great list.
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Sep 7, 2018 06:49PM)
I've seen #6 violated so much. When every magician comes out and asks "How are you doing?" it quickly becomes cringe-worthy.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Sep 7, 2018 08:21PM)
I agree with #6 but not many of the others.
Message: Posted by: gabelson (Sep 8, 2018 03:07PM)
[quote]On Sep 7, 2018, Mindpro wrote:
I agree with #6 but not many of the others. [/quote]


These "rules" were meant to apply to standup. And they do- 100%. They don't necessarily all apply in magic. And, of course, for every rule, there's an exception.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Sep 8, 2018 03:34PM)
[quote]On Sep 7, 2018, IAIN wrote:
Thought some of you might find this relevant to mentalism...
BILL HICKS’ PRINCIPLES OF COMEDY

1. If you can be yourself on stage nobody else can be you and you have the law of supply and demand covered.

2. The act is something you fall back on if you can’t think of anything else to say.

3. Only do what you think is funny, never just what you think they will like, even though it’s not that funny to you.

4. Never ask them is this funny – you tell them this is funny.

5. You are not married to any of this **** – if something happens, taking you off on a tangent, NEVER go back and finish a bit, just move on.

6. NEVER ask the audience “How You Doing?” People who do that can’t think of an opening line. They came to see you to tell them how they’re doing, asking that stupid question up front just digs a hole. This is The Most Common Mistake made by performers. I want to leave as soon as they say that.

7. Write what entertains you. If you can’t be funny be interesting. You haven’t lost the crowd. Have something to say and then do it in a funny way.

8. I close my eyes and walk out there and that’s where I start, Honest.

9. Listen to what you are saying, ask yourself, “Why am I saying it and is it Necessary?” (This will filter all your material and cut the unnecessary words, economy of words)

10. Play to the top of the intelligence of the room. There aren’t any bad crowds, just wrong choices.

11. Remember this is the hardest thing there is to do. If you can do this you can do anything.

12. I love my cracker roots. Get to know your family, be friends with them. [/quote]
Your best post in a decade ... Very good!!!!! :clownjuggling:
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Sep 8, 2018 03:38PM)
Like you can count to ten, slim...
Message: Posted by: Mac_Stone (Sep 8, 2018 06:34PM)
Bill's got a point.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Sep 8, 2018 08:41PM)
Yes .. I had trouble figuring out the last two on the list...