One of the reasons I love to tune in to the TV present “Saturday Night Live” is to glimpse if one of the actors will crack up in the in-between of a performance. Watching someone else seek to repress a laugh is one of the risible things in the world. But in Humorous Interpretation, if you laugh at yourself while performing, you might as good throw up a sign that says “Game Over.”

H.I. is typically treated more like a recorded movie and less wish live theatre. Your performance, while pulling-splitting, should also be disciplined and polished. Some competitors can’t assisting laughing in the middle of a piece, and that’s understandable – it’s instinctive to be delighted with yourself if you are having contiguous feedback from your audience that you are doing good. But if you smile or laugh when you are supposed to be playing a puzzled or tempestuous character, it ruins the effect of your characterization, and it makes you appear conceited and unprepared.

Here are a few suggestions for how to keep yourself from laughing during a H.I. round:

1. Purse your lips slightly. Bring the corners of your mouth into a small “O” shape, pushing your lips forward. This will help to hide the smile spreading across your face. Raising your eyebrows can also help with this, although contorting your face in such a way might actually make matters worse if your audience finds it amusing.

2. Go with it. If you can’t make yourself stop laughing, work it into the piece. Find a way to make it correlate with whatever is happening in the piece. If you’re playing an antagonist who is supposed to be very angry, make that character suddenly snap and become a diabolical evil genius – translate your giggles into maniacal laughter. If you’re playing a sad character, pretend to be crying instead of laughing.

3. Don’t look at your audience. This is tricky if you’re performing a monologue, but it is one of the best ways to keep from laughing. When you look at someone who is smile, it makes you desire to smile, too. Find a way to look elsewhere – look up at the ceiling as if your character is reminiscing, or close your eyes as if your character is very serious. If your piece has multiple characters, you should hardly be looking at your audience anyway. If you avoid directly looking at the populating who are laughing, you’ll be one backpedalling closer to maintaining a straight face.

4. Keep the piece moving. One of my choir teachers used to say, “The note you equitable sang is not important. What is important is the note you are about to sing.” The same can be said for speech: The line you equitable said is not important. Concentrate on your next joke, your next setup. If your audience bursts retired laughing after a great line, just continue moving forward in your patch, and don’t allow yourself a moment’s hesitation to join in.

5. Bite your tongue. Not too hard, of course. But if you have a hard time stifling a giggle, this is certainly a quick way to make yourself stop smiling. Ouch…

6. Practice before you perform. You should always practice your H.I. by performing it in front of other people. Otherwise, you won’t know how the piece will fare in competition because you will have no feedback to base your interpretation on. Rehearsing in front of your friends and teammates can also be a huge asset to you because it will help you train yourself not to chuckle when your audience starts laughing.

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