When a dramatic actor gets a chance to perform a comedic role, I hear that sometimes they get excited to do something different but their first instinct is to play up the comedy. In an interview with a comedy writer/producer recently, he explained that these actors need the insight that comedic acting/storytelling is not so different from the dramatic version: you don't play the joke. You play the emotion.
So, it's just like the acting they're already proficient with!
A “waka waka waka” is not going to help with comedy, then. Sorry, Fozzie!
I particularly like the serious-type characters doing comedy.
It can be the dry sarcasm of a Bea Arthur character - brilliant.
Or the stoic, rigid seriousness of a Bob Einstein (Super Dave) character - brilliant.
Or a humorless character like Spock or Data, who ends up being a goldmine of comedy as well as humanity.
I guess it's the contrast of the serious, stoic type, or the cutting remark delivered in a deadpan way that works so well. A magic combination.
I do enjoy a silly character sometimes - or better, a character who's trying to be funny but failing. That can circle back around to becoming funny again. Not sure how that works, but it does (see Ricky Gervais in The Office, or Steve Carrell in his version of The Office.
But the serious types are vital. It can be the stodgy authority figure that gets outdone by comedic heroes, or the more heroic, fish-out-of-water serious Protagonist, surrounded by craziness.
The comically serious person is different from the “straight man” character I think - their seriousness is extreme, or at least extreme in comparison to the wackiness around them.
In life, when I try to be funny, I sometimes make it too clear I'm joking. I guess it's because feelings are so easily hurt it seems. It's why writing characters and comics is so enjoyable - THEY can do that stuff on the page. A Win-Win!
See you next time,
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