Mess It Up!

A couple of days ago, I saw a busker beat-boxing and playing harmonica at the same time. It’s probably quite hard to do.

Not many of us have tried beat-boxing and playing harmonica at the same time, so the fact that he was doing it really well wasn’t good. He was making it look run-of-the-mill.

Just my way around it, but when I parody someone, I’m not necessarily going for pinpoint accuracy. Sometimes it’s better to mess it up and make it look tricky.

I could deliver the music bits of my act a lot more smoothly, but I’ve noticed that if you start getting too music-y, people’s brains start doing whatever it is they do when they hear music.

A bit like a straight stand-up who delivers their lines too pat, you run the risk of re-framing what you’re doing. The audience might start feeling like they’re at the theatre or parliament, instead of the club they walked into.

They say Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. Nobody cared. I can relate to that. Maybe comedians (and beat-boxing harmonica-ists) are the Ginger Rogers of entertainment.

Maybe it’s good to trip on your dress now and then to show the work that went into it.

(I know Ginger Rogers was the Ginger Rogers of entertainment, but hopefully you catch my drift!)


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