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See if you can tell where this line led to pandemonium in performance for me a few weeks ago:

"I will need people to join me on stage because tonight I'm going to dazzle you with a wide array of cunning stunts and I can't do it without your participation."

Hint: Unanticipated spoonerisms are real.

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Would I be correct in assuming that the line has already been rewritten?
Ouch.

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Hilarious and stunning!
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"cunning stunts" can be shortened in some naughty way
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Metallica 1998.

.................

Also, I read somewhere that there was an old time touring burlesque show called "The Arts and Farces Review".
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You dy slog Smile

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You are quite the "Cunning linguist"!...and a "Master Debater"!
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On Nov 30, 2016, Atlas wrote:
See if you can tell where this line led to pandemonium in performance for me a few weeks ago:

"I will need people to join me on stage because tonight I'm going to dazzle you with a wide array of cunning stunts and I can't do it without your participation."

Hint: Unanticipated spoonerisms are real.

Best,

Atlas


Strange you would use the exact phrase that is the punchline to a joke that has been circulating for many years... surely you're kidding that you actually did this?
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On Nov 30, 2016, Atlas wrote:
See if you can tell where this line led to pandemonium in performance for me a few weeks ago:

"I will need people to join me on stage because tonight I'm going to dazzle you with a wide array of cunning stunts and I can't do it without your participation."

Hint: Unanticipated spoonerisms are real.

Best,

Atlas


Strange you would use the exact phrase that is the punchline to a joke that has been circulating for many years... surely you're kidding that you actually did this?


Nope, it happened and I honestly have never heard that joke. Things most likely would have turned out differently if I had. I'm pretty sure I saw the term in an old Andersen book and thought, "that's a nifty turn of phrase, I like that."

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On Nov 30, 2016, Atlas wrote:
See if you can tell where this line led to pandemonium in performance for me a few weeks ago:

"I will need people to join me on stage because tonight I'm going to dazzle you with a wide array of cunning stunts and I can't do it without your participation."

Hint: Unanticipated spoonerisms are real.

Best,

Atlas


Strange you would use the exact phrase that is the punchline to a joke that has been circulating for many years... surely you're kidding that you actually did this?


Nope, it happened and I honestly have never heard that joke. Things most likely would have turned out differently if I had. I'm pretty sure I saw the term in an old Andersen book and thought, "that's a nifty turn of phrase, I like that."

Best,

Atlas


So sorry man, that had to be an awkward moment!
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Make sure as well not to have such a sentence in your script: [i]tennis in pension[i/], that could be equally disastrous Smile
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I actually saw "stunning cu..." the first time I read it. Haha oh lord, where is my mind...

That could be a "blushing crow" to any performance.
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I had this very mishap some 30 years ago at a very posh do, that was the last time I ever used the line "What a cunning stunt" it got such a big laugh that I actually considered leaving it in but I think it only got the response it did because it was clearly a mistake and I went red as a beetroot. I figured that I could not fake the level of embarrassment and it was this that the audience found funny enough to forgive the faux pas. The moment I realised I'd messed up the line I thought my career was over. There was a delay between the shock and the laughter that felt like an eternity.

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In 1975 an English band Caravan released an album called Cunning Stunts.

That was the time of progressive rock!
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In the UK, Jeremy Hunt, the Cultural Secretary, triggered several mispronunciations of his name.
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But if you really want to go down deep, Atlas, listen to Not the Nine o'Clock News team sing the romantic ballad:
"Kinda Lingers"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG6O5NTl_rQ
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I can't help but think of the SNL "Colonel Angus" skit with Christopher Walken. If you have never seen it, YouTube it. Good comedy.

On a serious note, it's worth looking at any sort of script with an eye toward "...how might I botch this?" I'm no pro, but it's easy to find yourself tired from traveling, working, life in general; and now it's time to stand and deliver.

Thanks for the cautionary tale. I will try not to squander it.
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In the UK, Jeremy Hunt, the Cultural Secretary, triggered several mispronunciations of his name.

Yes just google Jeremy Hunt for some hilarious videos of news presenters getting it wrong (I'm sure on purpose at times)
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Contrary to the name of this thread, I don't think it wasn't the scripting that went wrong.

It was under-rehearsal, which would either have turned this up as a potential problem or trained you to speak it trippingly off the tongue when in front of an audience.

That said, things do happen.
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Contrary to the name of this thread, I don't think it wasn't the scripting that went wrong.

It was under-rehearsal, which would either have turned this up as a potential problem or trained you to speak it trippingly off the tongue when in front of an audience.

That said, things do happen.

I'm not so sure it is under rehearsal, when I tripped over this line I had been doing that same act with that same line for over 5 years and I knew that act so well that I could perform it in my sleep. Brain farts happen no matter how well rehearsed you are and no matter how well you know your act. It only takes the briefest of seconds for you to do something stupid and most performers have had that moment where they are standing on stage wondering "Why on gods green earth did I do/say that".

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