Is there a way to practice being funnier? Generally, people say no. A sense of humor is so personal and subjective that we can’t teach it, all we can do is tell you how to best express your sense of humor. You tell us what you think is funny, and then we’ll tell you how to exaggerate that and heighten it.
Well, probably. But I’m trying to think of exercises and principles that might at least increase funniness. This feels sort of forbidden to even try. I might look back in a few months and think “Nope, you can’t really teach it.” But for now I’m trying.
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So: One of the clearest ways to have something funny in your improv scene is to have something IRONIC. It’s not the only way, but it’s the clearest way. By ironic I mean something behaving in the opposite way that we expect it to.
A drill sergeant screaming nice things. A Mother Superior tearing apart her hotel room in a rage. A teacher burning a book. A bully cheering on the math team.
Could be the setting. A drill sergeant acting just like a drill sergeant but he’s in a yoga class.
It’s very close to simply being MEAN or STUPID — but it’s not. It’s something behaving in the opposite way. It’s not someone acting arbitrarily random, it’s opposite of their expected way. It’s not a drill sergeant being really into dubstep. It’s a drill sergeant being forgiving, or being against rules, or being soft-spoken.
Gilbert and Sullivan called this “the topsy-turvy.”
I bring this up because I see a lot of improvisers do scenes where something weird is happening, but it really isn’t funny.
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