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     Chili Challis

           Lifetime comedian, comedy writer and coach



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COMEDY IS NOT BY WORDS ALONE

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 12:44 PM Comments comments (3)
The silent things you do on stage are important and too often taken for granted by new performers.

Movement is silent.
Smiling or frowning is silent.
Looking around, the tilt of your head, the raising of your eyebrow, the opening and closing of your eyes, all facial expressions and jesters are silent.

Silence makes up timing. Timing is strategic use of silence.

Get it? Silence IS POWERFUL...it's the uncluttered wordless vacuum that allows passion and meaning to explode through.

Silence and sounds as much as words make up a great deal of your communicating.

Sounds that are not words are important on stage. In many situations sounds can convey more emotion and feeling than words.
Stomps. Slaps. Sighs. Snapping of your fingers.
Grunts. Whistling. etc. 
All these expressions are the same in all languages. There's a reason for that, they're very human and they work in defining your point.

Make use of these things on stage, in your stand up and your life.

I've always felt you act and communicate with your whole body.” ~dojo

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