Re: SKITS? please
George Huffman (HUFFMAN_GEORGE_W@LILLY.COM)
Wed, 7 Sep 1994 08:33:25 -0500
Pat Connolly asked about new skit ideas....
Well Pat this is a never ending problem. I solved it in the following way.
There are several comedy shows on TV these days; I specifically refer to
programs like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" or some of the comedy club shows, etc.
Now some of these have excellent ideas for skits (you have to ignore those who
think four letter words are funny). As an example I had an old army trunk in
which I placed a "headless dummie" made from stuffed Scout shirt and pants
with gloves, shoes, etc. I told my campfire audience that I would do a
ventriliquist gig, but of course when I dig my "dummie" out of the trunk his
head is missing. So I ask for
a volunteer (prearranged and rehearsed!) to come forward to serve as the
"dummie" head. Suitable Scout then hides behind the "dummie" with only head
showing and as I squeeze his neck he opens and closes his mouth as I do a poor
ventriiquist bit. It must be a short gig with a punch line, move quickly to
other subjects. I've used these TV programs as ideas for campfire skits several
times with success. They are an excellent source of short gags. Keep it clean
above all! Never humiliate anyone. Action, audience particilpation, and
audience control are the keys here.
To encourage campfire skit presentation we have had "Oscar" the rubber chicken
as a presentation for the best skit at campfires. "Oscar " flies across the
stage on a string when audience calls for him (usually a chant of "Ducky,
ducky, ducky,...... [no, I don't know why "ducky" was chosen]) at the end of
the most entertaining skits. Judges then choose from the best.
I also have a "bag of tricks"which I carry with me to camporees, etc. that
contains props (wigs, dresses, slide whislte, bell, all sorts of slapstick
stuff) that I can dig into with several "canned" presentations on scripts that
are easy to follow.
George W. Huffman Infectious Disease Research
Huffman_George_W@Lilly.com Lilly Research Laboratories
Lilly Corporate Center
(317)276-4251 Indianapolis, IN 46285
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shouldn't be allowed on the network in the first place."
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