Quotes & Lessons from "Comedian"
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On the flight back to Japan last week I watched the DVD "Comedian" again, this time while jotting down notes and quotes from the film. I put the quotes in a Slideshare below. This Slideshare is not meant to be a presentation — I'm simply sharing with you some of the new slides I'm working on as I prepare for new talks. Perhaps a quote or two from this deck will be useful for you.
A few quotes from COMEDIAN The documentary Donât feel 100% comfortable presenting? Donât feel 100% comfortable presenting? ...Youâre not alone. Youâre never really comfortable. Even though you may think you are... you really arenât.â âJerry Seinfeld â Itâs so f***ing hard to get comfortable!â â âJerry Seinfeld Just you and a microphone This ainât easy stuff! Just you and a microphone. I never felt pain until I started doing comedy.â â âOrny Adams No matter who you are â you still have to deliver the goods. No matter who you are â you still have to deliver the goods. You canât fake it! Thatâs the beauty of stand-up: itâs the closest thing to just ice.â â â Colin Quinn Where do you get the material that really connects with people? The best comedians in t he world are the ones who get their material from their heart and soul.â âGeorge Shaperio â You must know your stuff cold... and believe in it! You must know your stuff cold... If you're not 100 % behind it you can't sell it.â âOrny Adams â First minut es are critical! You always need to establish yourself, establish the audience .â â âJerry Seinfeld No excuses (ever). You will fail sometimes, but.... Every comedian has a #@!&*% excuse. I make no excuses: I just wasnât good.â â âJerry Seinfeld Itâs hard, but in time... You learn how to open, how to sustain, how to pace...â âJerry Seinfeld â How long does it take to feel comfortable? It takes years...â â Jay Leno â How do you get comfortable? By doing! QUESTION: ANSWER: If you donât do it, you wonât have it.â â Jay Leno â If you want to improve your art, keep doing your art. Note to self: or as a great master once said... Do - or do not d o. There is no try.â â Yoda. â Do. Do not do. Try. Source: GraphJam.com Your options according to Yoda. The lessons for presenters are everywhere. Redux: Many lessons can be found here. And a fe w here too . End. Presentatio n Zen