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God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
Standing ovations have become far too commonplace. What we need are ovations where the audience members all punch and kick one another.
Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.
Tell the audience what you're going to say, say it; then tell them what you've said.
I try to bring the audience's own drama - tears and laughter they know about - to them.
Sometimes when you take strong stands, if you're not called to do it, you're dividing the audience you're trying to reach.
I am a real ham. I love an audience. I work better with an audience. I am dead, in fact, without one.
We don't really need reviewers, just first-night reporters who will tell us faithfully whether or not the audience liked the show.
I think that if I would talk on a political subject, if I talk about it, it would divide the audience on that issue. That's not my issue.
I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.
A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience's attention, then he can teach his lesson.
John Henrik Clarke
If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?
What looks absolutely fabulous in rehearsal can fall flat in front of an audience. The audience dictates what you do or don't change.
When you're singing you can hear the echo of people in the audience singing every single word with you, and that was that big dream that I had for myself. It's happening.
When I sing, I feel like when you're first in love. It's more than sex. It's that point two people can get to they call love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it's gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills.
I've always seen it as the role of an artist to drag his inside out, give the audience all you've got. Writers, actors, singers, all good artists do the same. It isn't supposed to be easy.
I try to forget about the expectation that's out there and the audience listening for the next thing so that I'm not trying to please them. I've spent a huge amount of time not communicating with those folks and denying that they exist.
There are some who speak well and write badly. For the place and the audience warm them, and draw from their minds more than they think of without that warmth.
I've never been one to sit back and go, 'I'd better do what the audience wants me to do, because I don't want to lose them.'
An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark - that is critical genius.
Think about what people are doing on Facebook today. They're keeping up with their friends and family, but they're also building an image and identity for themselves, which in a sense is their brand. They're connecting with the audience that they want to connect to. It's almost a disadvantage if you're not on it now.
I don't feel like I need to preach to the world or nothing like that. I just feel like I share what I say, and if listeners get it, they get it. And I never underestimate the audience's ability to feel me.
The last thing I'd learn, well into my career, was how to get on, how to say hello, how to get in with the audience.
I'm sure there's going to be some material from This Is Not Going To Be Pretty. I usually use that song to just introduce myself to the audience, although the patter in between the song is always different.
An audience is always warming but it must never be necessary to your work.
I don't believe in elitism. I don't think the audience is this dumb person lower than me. I am the audience.
Getting that audience approval is always a question mark, and it's always that flag that flutters in front of you.
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