Monday, June 4, 2007

Being A Comedian Is An Intense Workout

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Getting a good laugh on stage requires a lot of exercise to keep that funny bone moving.

That’s the last laugh from Paul Ryan, author of The Art of Comedy (Backstage Books), who went to comedy school with laugh riots Robin Williams and John Ritter, where he learned that being a good comedian is like being a bodybuilder.

To make them laugh out loud, Ryan says you must keep on practicing to get comfortable on stage, just like “doing chest pulls over and over until those muscles get loose.”

For example, Ryan suggests doing improv routines with your friends where they test your wits by pretending to be wacky characters like prostitutes, lesbians, or foreigners looking to get green cards.

Another way he recommends cracking up the crowd is to learn a dialect that breaks you out of your normal self.

Ryan explains, “There’s nothing quite like a Korean girl with a Southern accent.”

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