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Performance Tips: How to have an audience HATE you in 10 seconds or less

Never, never, make fun of the town you are playing.  Especially if you are playing a small town, people are extremely sensitive to outsiders dissin’ their home.  I used to do jokes such as,

“I can’t believe that I’m in a town where the tallest building is dunkin’ donuts.”
“The name of your town, Tulare, sounds like a disease!  ‘Doctor I have a case of Tulare and it itches.”

Making fun of the town you are playing is like walking into someone’s home and criticizing how ugly it is.  You’re not going to be invited back.

Rather than joking about the town you’re playing, trash where you’re from, especially if you live in a big city that everyone already has an opinion about.  I found that being from Los Angeles gives me a lot of joke power to get the audience on my side. 

“You have a lot of things here in your town that we don’t have in LA – like friendly people.”
“Wow!  Even the air is different here.  You can’t see it.”

Not the funniest of jokes, but they not only got laughs, I got the audience on my side and got them to relax that I wasn’t going to be bashing their home town.

Judy Carter
"Laughing your way out of Stress"
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Judy Carter blogs on comedy, storytelling and public speaking techniques, using personal stories and her adventures as a stand-up comic turned motivational public speaker. Her weekly blogs are read by fans of her books, “The Comedy Bible” (Simon and Schuster) and “The Message of You” (St. Martin’s Press), which include comics, speakers, and entrepreneurs. She is also known for teaching the value of humor and storytelling to businesses as a leadership and stress reduction tool.