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Paul Roach
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September 16, 2018 - 1:16 pm

I’ve been practicing my script for my only public performance of the year…Ventarama Open Mic.

I chose to use this puppet (closely guarded secret) because i’ve always felt that it’s possibly the funniest routine I have, however I’m no longer finding it funny, is this normal or was it never as funny as i thought?

I’m guessing it’s just that I’ve heard the funny bits that many times now I don’t find them funny…does this happen to you lot?

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Eddie Siller
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September 16, 2018 - 1:23 pm

Paul, it can happen that with a lot of practice, you become critical of yourself. If you thought it was funny to start, it probably still is. Of course, you have to feel it too. Maybe your having a bad practice day. Video tape yourself doing the routine and really be on. Then go from there. It could be that you need to tweak a few lines. 

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Tom Crowl
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September 17, 2018 - 2:53 am

Paul, there are times that every performer isn’t into their act. The key is never to let the audience know that.

You need to practice rehearsed spontaneity. Comedian Robin Williams was brilliant at this. It would always sound like the first time he ever said a line, like it just came to him, even though he did the same line night after night.

When I get tired of my lines, I sometimes heckle myself. Often I end up with stronger lines because of this.

Keep going, don’t get discouraged. Remember that even though you have heard a line a hundred times, it will still be the first time for that audience. 

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Michael Raw
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September 19, 2018 - 9:06 am

Hi Paul, I’m sure a lot of performers will get this feeling when rehearsing scripted comedy … stick with it and keep faith … I’m sure the laughs will come when you’re out in front of an audience. Good luck with the open mic!

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