Saturday, October 06, 2012

ON COMEDY RELIEF: The Requirenment of Seriousness

The actor's primary obligation as the character in the scene is NOT to be funny, but to be very, very serious; to thereby provide the tension in the scene (vis-a-vis the conflict/arument with the other character(s) in the scene) so that the joke in the scene can relieve that tension.

That, in fact, is the origin of the term Comedy Relief.


Blogger Angela Peters said...

So true!! I'm back learning improv again this month, and never has a truer word about comedy been spoken. Love it!

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Blogger regina schreiber said...

Hi, I am interested in acting and I totally agree with this. When you are acting, you need to be completely in the world of the character in order to make the world come to life. If you are trying to be funny and that isn't the character, how will the world be real?

12:15 PM  
Blogger Sandra Munoz said...

You couldn't be more correct! This blog post makes me think of the sketch Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell did at this year's Golden Globes. They totally sold it by being so serious. Thanks for sharing!

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Blogger Morgan Tyler ( Freeman ) said...

I think this is the key to taking comedy to the next level. Last night I saw some people to the odd couple(the scene where Oscar kicks Felix out) and they were doing some serious dramatic acting. It was the circumstances and the lines that made it so funny. It was probably the funniest instance of that scene I have ever seen.

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