|Comedy in Bollywood film Grand-Masti|
The key factor to do comedy: Learn Improvisation!
What is comedy?Comedy is a genre of film that uses humor as a driving force. The aim of a comedy film is to provoke laughter from the audience through entertaining stories and characters.
In Bollywood films and TV serials there are only few productions based totally on the above mentioned sub-genres. Indian comedy films/serials may incorporate all of the above or some of the above genre in a single film/serial. Therefore, an actor must learn and practice all the above-mentioned types of comedy
How to be a successful comedy actor
Comedy is about suffering. That’s right – pain, sadness, tragedy, and injustices are all the perfect foundations for a funny story. The old saying, “you’ll either laugh or cry,” couldn’t be truer when it comes to comedy. The more a character is in trouble, the funnier it is to watch – hence the term “comedy of errors.” Desperation, unpredictability and deep situational entanglements force actors to solve improbable (and often crazy) situations with exaggerated (and hilarious) solutions.
Comedy, when done right, is like a good song. Just as a musician plays the melody as composed, a comedic actor must stick to the script. That means following the words exactly as written. Don't add or drop words or attach handles to the beginnings of sentences, like "Look," "I mean," "Well," and "So." And don't change the punctuation e.g. exclamation signs, question marks, pauses etc!
Learning the technique and excellence in Improvisation is mandatory. Note that auditions for a comedic may character require improvisation.
Develop your own funny styleThink about the all of the successful comedians you know like Mahmood, Johny Walker, Johny Lever. Asrani and many others. They all have a distinctive personality, But how do you do this?
Watch these great comedians and ask the following questions to yourself and seek answers
- "What makes them funny?"
- "What does their voice do while speaking major comedic points?"
- "How is their body language?"
- "Are they realistically funny, or do they playing the role as a 'character' ?"
- After watching actors perform their craft, you can then begin to study your own style and then plan to develop as a comedic actor.
My simple formula to prepare for a comedic character
- If I am an idiot, how will I behave?
- If I am a fool, how will I perform a role?
- If I am a fool but behave as if I am the most intelligent person on the earth
- I grasp things very slowly. People have to explain and repeat things repeatedly. Therefore, my reactions are absurd. I either make a poker face or drop my jaw or just smile or become serious. I am always unconnected
- I am always in hurry. Many a times though I do not understand, I react as if I knew in responding or replying
- My physical responses are either too slow or abnormally fast
- I am always in incongruity which means out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming