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Photo of comic Felix Dexter.
Felix Dexter out of character

Character as Mask

CHARACTER AS MASK
A stand-up comic or keynote speaker always has his narrative character.
This is his image, the person he or she is pretending to be.

Felix Dexter (26 July 1961 – 18 October 2013) R. I. P. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Dexter
left us an excellent example of a comic who maintained an obvious characterization
from the beginning to end of his very funny routine, "Nathaniel the Accountant":
Hint:
The further the character is from your own personality,
•the more you will be able to say or do anything.
Example--
Ventriloquists usually:
• play conservative narrative characters
•and let the dummy be an outrageous character
which the vent pretends he is trying to contain.

Conversely, you cannot really play "yourself."
Why?
Accurately portrayed, you are too complex to completely reveal before an audience in under one hour.

Many people go to therapists for years trying to present themselves . . . just to themselves!

8-)

However, you may present an aspect of yourself to the audience.

Guess what?
That also gives you more freedom as you now have a "mask" to don.

More on "Character: your main character, minor characters.”



Jim demonstrating acting for film and video cameras.
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390 Morris Street
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Jim strikes comedic pose.
Want to see if you can make audiences laugh?
     Workshop Three, Spring 2015:
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Your narrative vs. minor characters.
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Improvisation.
Topical monologue.
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Questions?
Get in touch:
415-877-4424
jim@Stand-UpComedyWorkshop.com

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Jim Richardson
Organized Comedy
PO Box 992
Mill Valley, California 94942-0992
USA


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Calendar | Video: tips | Endorsements: tips | Coaching & Co-Writing | Coaching order form | About Us
Lessons 1-35: Descriptions | Register: Lessons 1-4 | Register: Lessons 5-8 | FAQ | Contact Us

Sub Headings: even more tips!
Studying Comics | Comedy Roots | Comeback? | Defense | Character mask | Robin | Censorship
Writer's block | Camcorder Coaching | Memorizing | Remembering | Stage Movement: setting a bit
Business | Business Cards | Your Web Site | Open Mics | Evil "Bringer Shows" | Audition | MC tips
Promo Packet | Contact media | Interviews | How to get BIG-$ Gig$ | Agents vs. Managers
Newsletter | Goodies | Auditioning: TV & Movie parts | Site Map: more tips
Improvisation: Thinking on Your Feet | Jonthan Winters | Joan Rivers | Hecklers