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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 give you more freedom as you now have a "mask" to don.

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

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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Improvisation: Thinking on Your Feet | Jonthan Winters | Hecklers