Public Speaking Course:
I recently attended a meeting of the National Capital Area Speakers Association. The public speaker that was doing the presentation did not use traditional humor, but still got laughs from the crowd. He used a different form of humor taught in my public speaking course.
He began giving his speech with a very serious demeanor, . . .
presenting slowly, . . . and
Deadpan expression is achieved by combining a serious demeanor with a funny line. The line typically gets a bigger laugh than if it had been said with a lighthearted expression or smile. The contrast and surprise is what begins the laughter, and knowing how to create this expression should be mastered while during your public speaking course.
A famous example of this is the comedian Steven Wright who NEVER breaks character to smile. He says lines like, "My dog is confused. I named him STAY. . . Then I say come STAY."
A more animated version of using deadpan would be Rodney Dangerfield who pretends to be serious about his goofy life. He says,
"I am an earth sign and my wife is a water sign ... ...Together we make
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