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Wisdom From The Greats #4: Stage Presence

December 10, 2010

Happy Friday!  TGIF, right?

TGIF, you stupid puppy!

Today’s resource is another set of five quotes for our Wisdom From the Greats segment.  The theme is stage presence.

Yes, but can you point? Oh!  My apologies, it seems you can point just fine.

1) Franklyn Ajaye

““You are you + 15% when onstage”

– Franklyn Ajaye (From Comic Insights: The Art of Standup Comedy by Franklin Ajaye)

2) Joey Bishop

“Don’t bullshit an audience.  You can never be a star until you can take an audience by the hand…  They know in five minutes whether you are just doing what you are doing to go over that night, or whether you are doing it to entertain them.”

– Joey Bishop (From Great Comedians Talk About Comedy by Larry Wilde)

3) Johnny Carson


“When I work, I am conscious of the rapport and the feeling and how I am working and the reaction and if it goes a certain way, I’ll go a certain way.”

– Johnny Carson (From Great Comedians Talk About Comedy by Larry Wilde)

4) Sinbad


“I try to keep the waitresses watching every night.”

– Sinbad (From Comic Insights: The Art of Standup Comedy by Franklin Ajaye)

5) Shelley Berman


“The comedian who makes the mistake of developing a hostility towards his audience… you have to fight the desire to become hostile.”

– Shelley Berman (From Great Comedians Talk About Comedy by Larry Wilde)

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