Skill of Humor Part 3: Practice, Perform, Repeat

skill of humor performance

Over the past two weeks, we’ve talked about the first two principles of being funnier: sharing your point of view and exploring and heightening. This week we’re talking about the third step: practicing, performing, and repeating. From sketch comedy we understand the importance of performance in executing humor. The characters from SNL, Key & Peele, and Monty… Read more

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How to Be More Confident

I just wrapped up a great week at Louisiana State University where I taught my brother’s Fundamentals of Communication course. The class project for the semester involves parodying an episode of The Daily Show as a way to teach the types of communication he covers: rhetoric, performance studies, and communication theory. To help the class prepare for… Read more

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Humor at Work: Teaching Improv to High School Students

Cincinnati, OH – On Monday this past week I had the chance to teach improv to some students at a local high school in Cincinnati. Teaming up with the English teacher and Drama teacher, we created a program to get the kids more comfortable speaking in front of each other and practicing some performance. And… Read more

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Humor at Work: CSz Managers’ Meeting

Rock Island, IL – I spent the past weekend in Quad Cities, IL/IA for the 2012 Manager’s meeting for ComedySportz. It was 4 days of great discussion, introspective conversations and of course a ton of laughs. One of the most impactful topics we discussed was the value of improv and comedy on our audiences. It seemed like… Read more

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Humor at Work: Improv Comedy at Organizational Offsite

Boston, MA – A friend and I had the opportunity to perform 2-person improv as part of a celebration event at an organizational off-site last night. In front of 150 employees at a Fortune 25 company, we did a variety improv games aimed to please and impress. The entire evening was an incredible amount of… Read more

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