When will there be posts?
You can expect posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The post topics will cover all aspects of comedy juggling including theory, how to get and keep work, money, prop reviews, and interviews with top professionals.
Who is this for?
This blog is for comedy jugglers and for anyone interested in comedy juggling or the variety arts. Though I have a hard time imagining that there is anyone interested in comedy juggling besides comedy jugglers…
This blog is not meant for street performers. Though I hope many of the ideas workshopped here will be useful to everyone I don’t think street performing works with the same rules as what I am broadly calling “theatrical” (read: indoor) work.
In my opinion street performing is a long con built not just to entertain but to get money out of pockets. Sure it can sometimes do both but the primary purpose of busking is to pass the hat*.
I think when you are trying to make money from the people at your show you are forced to make different decisions than when you are just trying to entertain them.
*fairs and festivals excluded.
What is Comedy Juggling?
And should it be capitalized? This is a huge question and one I intend to tackle more thoughtfully this summer…When Jay Gilligan and Erik <Impossible To Type On A North American Keyboard> release their lecture/essay defining juggling. Emil Dahl writes about that impending confusion on his blog.
Comedy juggling is a little easier and hopefully a lot less controversial to define. It is a simple equation:
Comedy + Whatever Jay and his European buddies define as Juggling = Comedy juggling.
So until this summer at the I.J.A. when we finally learn what juggling is this simple definition will have to do:
Comedy Juggling is the act of using juggling as a vehicle for comedy.
As opposed to Juggling Comedy which is using comedy as a vehicle for juggling. Or Talking While Juggling which is what most “comedy jugglers” are doing.
One Last Thing.
Finally, you may be unaware but there is a growing discussion in the juggling world about standardizing terms. What does “Qualify” mean? What is an “Isolation”? The most recent term of contention is “Cigar Boxes”.
The argument goes as follows: We no longer call them Indian Clubs or Chinese Diablos…
Pretty hard to argue against that logic. I want Balls & Jokes to be a safe space so call them whatever you want. It’d be funny to start calling them Fat Cancer Stick Boxes but that’s not likely to happen. On the site, to make the language as clear and clean as possible, I will be calling them boxes. See you later cigar. I will also be dropping the shaker from cups, the devil from sticks, and poi from the discussion at all.
See you on Wednesday with an attempt to pick the perfect length of time for a new act…