From Alex Berg:
I heard this quote from Paul Vallaincourt in my 101 class at iO West way back in the summer of 2004, and it really stuck with me:
"A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth." - C.S. Lewis
The point is that there’s ways to play besides verbally. There’s nothing wrong with playing verbally, but if you feel like that’s your only option, you’re going to wind up with a lot of panic fire in those moments where you’re not sure what to do. Slow down, engage your environment with some object work, and either buy yourself time to think or just shut yourself up for a bit.
Inspired by Adam McKay’s interview from Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers, excerpt via Splitsider.
“Don’t try to sneak in through the window. Just come boldly onto stage, like come right through the door with your choice. Kill the judge in your head and just take action.” - Mick Napier
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"Trust and go. It’s all there—you belong here, you deserve this, you are funny enough, you are worthy enough all in one phrase: trust and go."
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Justifying is no good if it explains away the absurdity. You must justify things so they make sense to the character but are still funny to the audience. Why is the boxing trainer advocating to stop throwing punches while in the ring? Because he read about Gandhi and now believes non-violence can beat anything.
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