Pauses in humor delivery are a critical part of comedic timing. There is a major difference between the written word and speaking out loud. Practicing out loud and in front of audiences will help your sentence structure improve, find storytelling rhythm, and comedic timing. Simple changes to cadence, sentence structure, and adding purposeful pauses can be the difference between getting no audience response, a chuckle, or a belly-laugh.
This part of the humor development process is fun, but also just that–a process! In short, you find a sentence within your presentation that has humor potential, and then you analyze it and play with the wording. It is a great feeling when you find the optimum sentence structure and comedic timing to trigger audiences to explosive laughter!
Let me show you what I mean with the following one-minute video. It’s one of my proudest moments. The pause at the end where I used a hand gesture and facial expression drove the tension and anticipation to a level where I got belly-laughs, all because I didn’t rush the moment!
This is a series of blog articles and brief videos on “Finding the Funny – Learn the Step-By-Step-Process to Develop and Deliver Humor & Funny Stories & Incorporate into Serious Content.” The blogs are excerpts from my e-learning course (see link on right) which includes:
- Over 16 lessons
- Over 8 hours of video instruction
- Activities and quizzes to complement each lesson
- Downloadable worksheets and templates
- 12 month access to course updates and additions
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