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Jonathan Winters reveals tips
On the legendary development of his unique characters
&
His improvisational work with Robin Williams on "Mork and Mindy"


Examples:


Dean Martin & Jonathan Winters - Vacation People. (10:00)



Christmas with Dad (5:12):
Jonathan Winters on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"
1) As the opening bits are weak:
drag the playhead to the 7:05 point
where you will see Winters in the same jacket and tie pictured in the above screen shot of
Jonathan Winters "doing panel" with Johnny Carson.
Watch the whole bit from start to finish.
Winters's joke spins Carson around in his chair.
Then, watch it again to see how Winters builds the bit to finally "get" Carson.
At 11:03 into the video, when Winters tells the walnuts bit,
you will see one of the rare moments when Carson laughs so hard
that at the 11:15 point, Carson involuntarily spins himself around in his swivel chair.

2) Alternately, you can click this link which will take you to the youtube.com web site with this video clip
already cued to 7:05 into the timecode.
After watching the final 5:12 of this 12:17 video,
simply click your web browser's Back Button to return to this web page.

http://youtu.be/qOW5eR13xRg?t=7m5s

The tips:

Jonathan Winters on advice for aspiring comedians:
Where to find your characters only 12 miles from where you now live.
(6:33)



Jonathan Winters on drawing inspiration from real life people for his characters. (4:48)



Jonathan Winters (November 11, 1925–April 11, 2013) discusses his work with
Robin Williams
(July 21, 1951-August 11, 2014)
on the TV show "Mork & Mindy" (September 14, 1978-May 27, 1982):

Despite rumors to the contrary, only 5% of what got on the air was actually improvised.
The other 95% of the time,
they were both following a tight script created by the show's writers. (7:04)

Jim Richardson thinking on his feet!
Jim has a sudden afterthought:

Nonetheless, it is well known that both Jonathan Winters and Robin Williams
used improvisation to initially create their own stand-up comedy bits
before setting their lines, delivery and movements.

Jim Richardson will be teaching this creative process,
as well as many more aspects of improvisation
•during both writing and on-stage performing,
in his January 5-February 10, 2015 in-person Workshop:
"Improvisation: Thinking on Your Feet".


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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