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Tony Iacoviello
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There are no hard and fast rules.
Some of my favorite movies are those where Vinny P. cracks us up as he does his cinematic duty, Dr. Phibes series, Theater of Blood, ...

Just my thoughts.

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I like what Dave said above. My wife and I have done improv comedy for many years and are comfortable with humorous byplay with the audience. Some audiences are not in that mood...but, such as last night at our seance...the audience was in that mood and we were able to balance humor with the seriousness of the script to great effect. It worked very well. And I think Tony is right too: there are no hard rules. Humor and horror are two sides of the same coin, very closely related.
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Horror and Humor might lead to World Domination (with a specia TurtleSkull Fogl Discount for Bizzare magicians only). But first, you MUST

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I think there is a tense relationship between fear and laughter and consequently bizarre theatre and comedy. I agree with David Parr and the other great posts. There are some really great thoughts flying around in here today.
My favorite comedy moment in a bizarre routine....this works for may not for you...but I love this...
*I come to a point in my slate writing or spirit writing script when I mention that anyone who holds the slates or the object belonging to the deceased without a proper attitude could find themselves cursed or worse. As I say this I hand a slate to one person and the hair ribbon to another. Continuing the script: they could find themselves manifesting a nose bleed every other full moon...(pause)..*at this point the audience usually laughs, sometimes the volunteers laugh or act silly. I, however, cast a grim stare in thier direction. This creates an almost unbearable situation. If I am serious this is deep doo-doo, if Im not its still a funny moment and very awkward for both audience and volunteers. The inevitable tension creates the need to laugh or giggle or something. And we all know you never have to laugh so badly as when you clearly know you are not supposed to.
Please note that I never want make helpers uncomfortable or sustain any kind of awkward behavior in front of others...not for long and never in any demeaning way. But that is a favorite moment of situation comedy in a bizzarre presentation.
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first thing that comes to mind, the Cryptkeeper. "hello boys and ghouls".

who says you can't make a bunch of bad puns without taking it seriously?
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Speaking of bad puns I do an effect with a mini spirit cabinet that has a glass on one side and a ball on the other. When the cabinet is closed and later opened, the ball is found to have moved into the glass. Everytime I go through the routine, I have to resist the urge as I present the glass to say that "it has contained many 'spirits' in it's time." I'm sure it would cut the tension of the build up to the effect, but I don't like getting groaned at. Smile
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Watch the Boris Karloff "Frankenstein," and see how comic relief works itself into the screenplay. Then watch Friday 13 II and note the comedy relief right before Jason comes through the window of the cabin the final time.
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