- Always come to your gig with your intro typed in huge letters. A lot of emcees don’t wear their glasses on stage. Make it easy for them to read your intro especially if they are over 40.
- Tell the emcee not to improvise, just read it.
- Work in a joke into your intro. When speaking, I have a little joke at the beginning that tests the temperature of the audience. If they laugh during the intro, I know it’s a hot audience. If they don’t, I usually readjust my set since this audience is going to need a warm up.
- Put your impressive credits right up front. If you don’t have credits yet, find something that could impress the audience even if it’s from another field or your mother.
- Give the audience an idea of what they can expect. I.e. “One of the top political satirists” or “Stress reduction expert.”
- End with your name and if your name is anything other than Judy Carter, then spell it out phonetically.
- Especially if you’re Polish. It’s horrible coming onstage to the wrong name.
Our guest speaker is Judy Carter, Goddess of Comedy -- but she says we can just call her…“Goddess.”
You will probably recognize Judy as she has done comedy on over a hundred TV shows. Her company Comedy Workshops in Los Angeles trains stand-up comics and speakers who want to get laughs rather than yawns.
As an author, Judy doesn’t like to brag, but she did write the Bible. No joke, she’s the author of “The Comedy Bible” which was featured on “Good Morning America,” CNN, and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” where Oprah recommended the book to anyone who wants to lighten up. Judy will be signing copies of her book after her talk.
Judy writes custom comedy material for CEOs, Senators, speakers and celebrities including Diane Sawyer. She is a sought after speaker for Fortune 500 companies where she shows how humor techniques can help reduce stress and improve the bottom line. Her message of using humor as a business tool has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Success Magazine.
Her talk today is titled – “Getting What You Want Before You Forget What It Is.”
Ladies and Gentlemen… Judy Carter.