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Master the Art of Storytelling: Five Key Takeaways for Comedic Brilliance in Stand-Up and Improv
So, you’ve heard from Chris, and now we’ve distilled his words into five key takeaways that are perfect for anyone exploring online comedy improv or stand-up comedy classes:
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- Conflict drives stories: A story without conflict is no story at all. The moment your character wants something and gets it right away, your story ends. Make sure there’s a challenge or obstacle in your character’s way, adding intrigue to your narrative.
- Expectation vs reality fuels conflict: Robert McKee suggests that the clash between a character’s subjective expectation and the cold, hard objective reality is where conflict really sparks. Create this contrast in your stories to maintain audience engagement.
- Adopt the ‘normal-explosion-new normal’ structure: Kendra Hall offers a simplified approach to storytelling. Start with the ‘normal’ to set the scene, follow with the ‘explosion’ that disrupts the normal, and conclude with the ‘new normal’, illustrating the aftermath.
- Master the art of story delaying: Francis Lee Bogg advises stretching the story conclusion as long as possible while keeping the audience hooked with meaningful details and dramatic questions. It’s the art of suspense and it works wonders!
- Drama is key: No story is complete without a hint of drama. The best way to do this? Exaggeration. Even the smallest situations can feel like life-and-death moments for your characters, and that intensity can help captivate your audience.
Remember to weave these elements into your vlogs or storytelling pieces. Set the scene, build up the dramatic incidents, and reflect on the outcomes and lessons learned. Above all, don’t forget to inject drama, regardless of the situation.
That’s it, folks! Apply these storytelling tips as you navigate through your stand-up comedy classes or online comedy improv journey. If you find this useful or have any questions, drop a comment, and stay tuned for more! Happy storytelling!
|Jane Joan Costagliola