Sunday, January 1, 2017

Lesson 4 Free Online Acting School Help for Actors 2017 Edition

Lesson 4 
Reviewing humorous, funny acting

Watch the following comedy videos:



Watch the above funny (humorous) acting performances in these videos.  

Answer the following questions in the blog comments below:

Which monologue video do you feel was the best?

Why do you feel this was the best performance out of all these videos?

What was honest and real about the performance?

How do you feel this actor did a good job with the character?

BONUS: Leave an encouraging and kind comment for the actor on the YouTube video comments (being a good actor is being a positive member of the team and encouraging your fellow actors - directors like team players).


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57 comments:

  1. number 2
    his expressions how he is talking he is honest by becoming the character he really fit in his shoes

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    1. thats true... I loved monologue 2. Flowed with the situation and expressed genuine feelings

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    2. yeah I think that too, I loved that one

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    3. i strongly believe that her acting abilities will pay off because she was magnificent and strong tone and voice. Wow Amazing actress!!

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    5. #1 was good she was in good detail and had a good strong voice

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    6. I agree with you on this one, his expressions were in line with what he was saying.

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  2. number 1. the monolouge of the lady.
    full of expression and good voice tone

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    1. I also agree number 1 was very good loved the way she expressed her emotions

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  3. I feel that I need detention number 8 i believe was the best. I could really feel what he was feeling and it was also humorous at the same time. I feel the actor did a great job with this character and the character he portrayed before about getting punched.

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  4. the detention monologue is good I liked it, because he really feels what he's doing and more flexible so he doesn't look nervous, and finally he's facial expressions are great.

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  5. Numeber 1 monologue was really good.Her expressions were great

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    1. You are right. The first one also seemed real and honest.

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  6. yeah, she deserves the encouragement because she acts well

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  7. 1. #14.

    2. I found some of the others to be a bit to over the top while others, although they did it well, they just didn't fit the persona. I understand that an actor can ideally portray any character but what helps with that is the outfit/costume which is some of the better done monologues failed.

    3. I found it to be quite humorous as you have this "big tough biker guy" wanting to cuddle with a plush animal. Furthermore, as stated before he actually looked the part which was a sight for sore eyes after watching either talent who couldn't nail their piece or talent who weren't going the extra mile to convince us that they ARE this character.

    4. He found a balance where he didn't need to go over the top but still portrayed the necessary emotions. Furthermore, he actually dressed the part which is where most of the well done monologues failed.

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    1. I agree with you, I think he really got the biker thing down, even with his voice and the outfit etc,felt real.

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  8. The monologues that were the best to me were a thing for nerds and before you punch me. But all was great.

    The reason why I felt like they were best is because I felt like I can relate to put what the're putting out there. There true feelings was honest and for real. But also reactions that happens daily.

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    1. I agree completely! Their feelings truly were honest and real.

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  9. My favorite video is no 6/20

    I feel it was the best because the expressions were flawless. Her expressions came out so clean and real too. I didn't even believe no one was there because of how realistic she pulled it off. All others had expressions too but Cassandra Monologue had different expressions of which you'd have to switch swiftly in between them.

    Everything was honest about the performance

    just as i said, the transitioning between the many expressions in the video was what made the performance perfect and real to me, Did an amazing job there

    Emily, you did great. You're a fantastic actress!!!

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    1. I like it too, I didn't know what to choose between #2 and #6...haha

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  10. I think I liked "I Need Detention" the most because he had funny facial expressions and facial expressions are a lot in the acting industry (I'm guessing) I did also enjoy the way he acted in general it was all around a good performance.
    I think he did good with the character because as I said his acting felt very real and I felt like he was actually living that character.

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  11. I think #5 was the best. He made me laugh out loud. He made me believe it was real. His face changed at the right times and his delivery was great!

    That was relatable and well delivered and funny! You did a good job with that monologue!

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  12. #1, 2, and 8 were my favorites because they seemed more like they were the other characters than the other monologues. In most of the other ones, they were clearly acting, not BEING, which is what acting really is.

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  13. I loved #2 and #6, but I prefer #2. He made me laugh. He made me believe it was real. So I think he did a great job...

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  14. I think the best one was #12, totally cringeworthy and that's the point of it. He made me feel like I was the girl he was talking to and I felt just as awkward as he did. I feel like it was the best because he really made me believe that he was this actual nerdy, awkward-mess guy even his body language helped portrait that. I feel that he really helped bring this character to life with the props he added (trembling, shaky voice, the flowers) and his body language as I mentioned before.

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    1. I agree with you. He definitely brought the character to life. It was a very honest performance!

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  15. The best one for me was the Cassandra monologue as it was where we can all relate to the situations of not reading the fine print and no one listening when something is going to happen. I think everyone can relate to signing a document without fully reading everything, including the fine print. How Emily portrayed Cassandra at the end was that Apollo forgot to mention, before she signed, that there was some fine print and that she played his mistake back on him where she knew he would die, but not letting him know how he dies. It was great to watch.

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    1. The Cassandra was my second choice. Really enjoyable!

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  16. I liked: Emily, Michael J. Oliver, and Dave Neylon

    Emily: because in the Good Deeds and Cassandra monologue she seems like two different characters and she deliver funny bits in a subtle way. Her reactions to other characters were very honest and real, I think. In the Good Deeds monologue Emily did good job with the element when her character can't even pronounce "good deed" (I don't if that was in the script or is it something she add, but I liked it).

    Michael J. Oliver: again - two different monologues and two different character and although I feel like in the I Need Detention monologue he maybe did too much, but I can imagine that can work in a play or movie. In his first monologue, where he talks about a girl, he did good job with reflecting his feelings, which seemed honest to me.

    Dave Neylon: simply because of his transformation from himself to Humpty Dumpty - private egg, hard-boiled detective. :) Dave even changed his voice-tone and accent and gave the fairy-tale to the character and I can imagine that work in a movie or play based on a fairy tale so I would say that this way of portraying of the character seemed real to me. Considering it's comedy monologue Dave did good job with changing his voice and "making funny face" which gave new, funny tone to the character.

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  17. I loved the I need detention one it was very funny and he did very good motions and face expressions. I think he did a great job with his character because he really go into it and I actually thought he wanted detention

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  18. Dave Neelon was the best, in my opinion. His facial expressions, and ability to change his voice to match those expressions was impressive. He really put everything he had into the bit. They were all good, but Dave was great.

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  19. Hello again! The best monologue video to me was: "Catchick". It was super funny, the writing is very intelligent, the flow was easy and simple. It felt honest and real because the intention on the acting, expressions and mannerisms. The actress was great! Delivered very well! Thank you!

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  20. To me I found number #2 was amazing the way he showed emotion i think he did it very well wasn't to over the top I think he did it just right

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    1. this is very true and i agree that number two did an amazing job as well

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  22. Wow...I think they were all amazing...but the third one, with "Good deeds and such" was probably the most impressive. Emilie made me believe that she was a witch! Such a great job with emotional context! And I truly laughed when she had that gross-attitude-face when saying "good deeds":)

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    1. I'm impressed by her performance the most

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  23. In my view before you punch me was the best. The actor was occupied by the character so brilliantly that it made me laugh my heart out.It was nothing show off just real things..it was good, rest all of them did a great work

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    1. i liked that one too actually i loved both monologues he did.

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  24. Number 2 because it wasn't just a monologue he also put acting and movements into it to have the viewers full attention. He did a very good job and he was entertaining. he wasn't just funny he also sent out a message to others. the others did very well too but i find that the second one really stood out and i really enjoyed it.

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  25. I liked the Before You Punch Me monologue that Micah J. Olivier did. I like his monologue the best because of his timing, pitch and facial expressions. He is also very good at line memorization. You could really see his conviction and emotions come through the character and that was what made the character and performance real and honest. Micah did a good job because his facial expressions and actions made sense with the content of the piece.

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  26. the first video was quite good. although the actress kept her voice the same in many places, this helped to identify emphasised words or sentences. it was very good to have different references to movies as individuals watching may be able to relate to this actress and what she is saying. I could definitely feel the emotion of the personality of the actress and not just what the director wanted.

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  27. monologue number 2
    voice projection was good, the facial expressions were also good, he also showed some actions.i feel he was good.

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    1. Agreed. They have a crowd for sure and will have recognition if they keep at it.

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  28. I think everyone did a great job. It takes a courage (from my point of view) to share your first steps in acting with strangers.
    I enjoyed performances #3 (especially) and 6 by Emilie. She's very charismatic and in spite the fantastic topic she seems realistic most of the time, I would really enjoy seeing her in such a genre.
    I found #12,13 full of potential and creativity.

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  29. I think the first one was interesting. I'm sure she'll blossom into a talented artist if she keeps it up! Second one is not my taste. I'm sure he will have a demographic he will be exhaustively excited to work in, he did however, depict perfectly his role. Pardon me if I sound a bit rash. They are both very talented, I particularly praise talent in any form.

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  30. well done guys,,,,it looks easy but its not you awesome

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  31. No. 3 here expressions in eyes are good compared with others
    No. 12 is way of entry to the scene in funny way it good.

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    1. liked #3 as well. She never looked in front of herself, but the piece was funny

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  32. for me i really liked the first , second or fifth actors i felt them somehow their eyes were speaking they were felling every word they said as they are real characters :)

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  33. I liked #3 #5 and #6 but the one that I liked most is #8. The reason is simple, it made me laugh a little and I didn't focus much on what he was saying but more on his actions. I felt involved.

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  34. #1 she made me believe she really was a nerd she brought it to life and the details she gave was true and her expressions nailed it she was really good

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