OVERVIEW OF THIS SEMESTER
In drama class, our unit this semester was comedy. We learned some skills such as slapstick, magic tricks, and many other skills. In the end, we got into groups and made a comedy routine of our own show the class. Many comedy actors came into our class to teach us new skills and ideas to make our comedy routines funnier and more clever jokes than before.
What influenced the development of your character?
Many things influenced the development of my character like teachers, professional comedians, our comedy routine and at last my background. First, I made a character with Philipe which was a quick agitated guy which I liked and I believe fit me well. We tried adding this to our comedy routine such as the magic show but just didn’t feel right and just didn’t go smooth as wanted. So I decided to change it to a bit drunk looking guy but still a bit agitated. After Rene helped me improve the character by making it more exaggerating helping me to make it communicate better with other characters. I talked with my group members and trying out new things in the routine such as exaggeration, slapsticks skills and varies of stupidity. At the end my character turned out to be a robber stealing wallets from other people while acting to help them, I believe that while performing I was able to exaggerate these kind of actions is suggested by many others. One of the biggest key points is the walk, which is one of the things we learned from Philipe and it is an important skill in comedy I believe, as it describes the character in one move. My characters walk was interesting even its not crazy obvious. To show I was a bit drunk I had to change my walking style during walking. Changing from an open body to a closed one in the next slide. And closing my legs when chasing the fake policeman.
What feedback did you receive about your character and comedy routine? How did make changes based on feedback?
Some of the feedbacks I got from Rene, Philipe and Ms. Erickson helped me and our group a lot. To begin with Philipe, he couldn’t really help me or our group for the performance but, he told as about the posture of the body which I believe it was a very important step for out performance. Secondly Rene, he helped us in many ways for our group and I giving us little tips for a better performance and helping as with plot twist and exaggerations, I believe that he takes a important place for the development of our performance. And at last but not the least Ms. Erickson has helped in many ways by giving us helpful suggestions when we were a bit lost which I believe helped us on get back on tracks.
In conclusion I found this comedy unit very interesting and fun. Not only I love this unit, I found interesting were not only the drama techniques that we learnt and Phillip’s and Rene’s visits. I also found the history, the types of comedy and tricks of making people laugh, interesting. Through this, I learnt how making people laugh has a lot behind what we see and how its not just an easy thing to do and it takes time and patience to make a good performance.