Can I state THAT?!?! Maybe it is less of can but rather should..
Everyone has that moment in daily conversation where they want to say whatever thought has entered their mind but first must ask if it is appropriate. Even loose spirits go entangled in these cultural constraints. Luckily for Forensicators, i.e. Humorous Interpretation performers, these boundaries are somewhat muddied up and can be tip-toed, or hotfooted, across. In the quest for laughs pushing limits is bankable and boosted if executed smartly. Yet, as with anything, there is a line within Humorous Interpretation. Stray too far and you become a shock performer
DO take risks. Having a Humorous Interpretation that plays it safe might be good enough to get you into finals, but you may not have a memorable piece. Why? It’s conservative, a piece they have heard before. Sure, your interpretation and delivery may be clean, but the piece itself lacks the pizazz to really cause you to out shine other performers. However, utilizing a script with a topic that is rarely managed, or with characters hardly seen, will cause you to be incomparable. Even if you select a pretty stock, humourous piece you can be dangerous with your interpretation of characters. Challenge your boundaries with characterization (vocals, physicality, facials, etc.) and see them differently as most. For example, Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka is strikingly other from Johnny Depp’s risky take, but both are binding interpretations of the material.
DON’T be vulgar and crude. What turns risk into SHOCK is when a Humorous Interpretation is nothing more than cheap, “OHHHHHH! Did THAT just happen?!?!” humor. A string of flatulence jokes is not humourous. Nor is a continual barrage of asleep celebrity jokes. And does the audience really necessitate to see you take hold of yourself, curse uncontrollably, or be a big stereotype? No. No they do not. CHOSE YOUR MATERIAL AND INTERPRETATIONS CAREFULLY! If actions transpire simply for shock, rather than for some sort of character development, then the piece is trashy.
Exception to the shock rule… If a Humorous Interpretation possesses one or two absolutely shocking gags, solely done for the sake or causing a gasp and uncomfortable laughter, it can be okay. Judgment is necessitated to inquire if the joke is too risque, but if a majority agrees it is comical then keep the line. One or two blindsides to the humourous bone is a risk worthy taking WHILE lodging to a HI that relies on fresh and astute humor
Comedy and Drama allows for performers to take risks and question what is acceptable and what is not. In the pursuit of laughter and truth, Humorous Interpretation performers often are let to absolute phrases and mime actions that in steady society would cause them to be ostracised. Audiences let for some extremes callable to the “aeriform” context of the piece. However, push to forcefully and audiences quickly acquire themselves and are prompted that sure behaviors are exceptionable. There is a line. A line where you can either be a Humorous Interpretation Risk-Taker Extraordinaire or the National Enquirer of HI
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