And now a special treat from last year’s “Special Guest Star” Joshua Zehner!
“This summer will be amazing! I’m so excited to spend time with people that are passionate and devoted to something that’s been so dear to me, and the foundation of my whole career.There are many things I want to share with you, but probably won’t have enough time!Tricia suggested I start early. …Brilliant idea!”
Joshua gave us this list of skit-writing tips when he taught at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp last year.
These are bite-size chunks of inspiration, easy to grasp, and good exercises to challenge yourself.
Walk it out.
- The hammers of a typewriter dance at a different speed than our feet.
- If you’re writing physical comedy, get up and MOVE!
- The timing when acting something out is different than when it’s written.
- Getting up and moving through your ideas gives you a good idea of their true timing.
- An added bonus: you generate new ideas quicker!
- Often times, you’ll naturally react to something being presented, and it’s that natural reaction that might be the key you needed to unlock the next moment in your piece.
Have you tried this approach to writing clown gags and skits?
Post a comment below or on our Facebook page — let us know how it has worked for you!
Interested in learning more about performance? Come to Moose Camp this summer!
Dozens of inspiring and dedicated instructors will help you unlock the secrets to becoming the best clown YOU can be!
Be inspired! Read these other blog posts to help boost your confidence and get you thinking:
- “You Never Know” You never know who is watching that might need a smile. You never know what dreams you may inspire.
- “Don’t Over-Think It” How to create a clown character without too much stress.
- “You Are A Gift” Feeling down? Remember, each time you put on that red nose, you’re going to make someone’s day!
- “Clown Goals” We need to set goals in order to grow. How do we do that?
- “National Clown Shortage” Where have all the clowns gone?
- “Clown: Plain Clothes Division” What do you do when your client asks for no clown makeup?