When I saw these 8 ideas, I immediately thought that they apply to the work that improvisers do every time they step on stage. I think they would make the basis of a good improv workshop. What do you think of them? ~William Hall
- Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
- Give the audience at least one character he or she can root for.
- Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
- Every moment must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
- Start as close to the end as possible.
- Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your character, make awful things happen to them—in order that the audience may see what they are made of.
- Perform to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your clowning will get pneumonia.
- Give your audience as much information as possible as soon as possible. Your audience should have a complete understanding of what is going on.
8 Rules for Clown Gags: Paraphrased from Kurt Vonnegut by Pat Cashin. [re-posted from Pat’s fun site: http://www.clownalley.net]