I took last week off from the blog to enjoy of bit of work free summer but also because my WordPress service is set to renew (or not) in August. My nature is to reflect and critique and so I spent a lot of time last week looking at and thinking about the blog when... Continue Reading →
Occasionally on the Facebook pages of entry level performers you'll see links like this pop up. Often they are well written and can also be very funny. Like the one I just linked too. I enjoy all of them and after reading them I always felt the pang of being a struggling artist and how frustrating it... Continue Reading →
Balls & Jokes will be taking next week off. Happy Summer!
For the past 4 months I've been working on writing my very own The Deangelo, a comedy juggling routine with no juggling in it. You can just talk about juggling, pantomime juggling, or a little of both. You cannot actually juggle. I set myself the goal in March to come up with 4 minutes of... Continue Reading →
To Telegraph is to make known something unintentionally. In comedy Telegraphing is when you do or say something that helps the audience arrive at the reveal or punchline before you want them to. Often this ruins the surprise of the punchline and because you didn't shatter their assumption or do something unexpected they won't laugh. Or... Continue Reading →
Knowing how to point at myself and say "juggler" in a bunch of languages has helped ease my way through many a customs line, security check, and immigration interview. Even just having the word written down on a piece of paper has helped when I spoke neither the language nor understood the alphabet. Here is... Continue Reading →
Hammocking is the term used to describe the process of putting a weak joke or bit in between two strong jokes or bits. It's called that because you often find weak jokes lounging on beaches. Here is Greg Dean's definition: “hammocking a technique for placing weaker material or improvisation between two strong comedy bits.” The... Continue Reading →
This post offers a brief history of one of the classic unicycle audience volunteer bits. You know the one. The comedy juggler mounts the tall unicycle and has to retrieve some knives or torches from her audience volunteer. Hilarity ensues. This is perhaps one of the most lifted bits in the comedy juggling canon. From... Continue Reading →