Monday, March 12, 2007

Comedy Show Proves Jungle Cruise Skippers Are Stand-Up Guys

FULLERTON, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The world of stand-up comedy is a jungle, so the best training for it is being captain of the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland.

It’s no joke according to David Marley, a former Jungle Cruise skipper-turned-stand-up comic.

He says that the ride, with all its cheesy jokes and banter, is a perfect job for an aspiring comedian and says the proof can be seen at a series of shows he puts on at a southern Californian comedy club.

The shows feature former and current Jungle Cruise skippers and he says even those without professional stand-up experience usually kill with an audience because of what they learned at Disneyland.

In his words, “You’ve got a captive audience for 8 to 10 minutes at a time over an 8-hour shift, and it teaches you to target your material to people of different ages or ethnicities.”

Plus, he says the skippers learn how to say scripted material like it’s the first time every time.

The next Skipper Stand-Up Show is scheduled for Sunday (Mar. 18), and it usually sells out long in advance – but not just because of the jokes.

Marley admits: “The show attracts a lot of Disneyland passholders who are hoping we’ll reveal dirt about the park.”

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