Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Creationism

In my first column, Comedy Darwinism, I wrote about ways to leverage your creativity onstage. Or as a skeptic might put it: “How to flop around onstage, randomly trying this and that, until you get lucky enough to get a laugh.” Fair enough. So if evolution through natural selection isn’t enough for you… If you think: “What are the odds …

Tricks of the Month- April 2012 w/ Kyle Johnson

Kyle plays with clubs for this month’s video at his home in Oakland, Ca at a place called The Vulcan, where he lives with many other juggler, spinners, and circus folk.

Gatto Practicing: Clubs Exclusive Video

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4 Clubs (00:00)

– Over head
– Synchronous
– Asynchronous
– Triple-Singles
– 1 high (maybe 7333)
– With under arm throws
– With backcrosses
– With Alberts
– Synch umbrella
– With collision
– With under arm throws
– Splits
– With forward and reverse spins
– Scissors
– Chin rolls
– Head rolls
– Drops over shoulder
– Into balance
– Chin rolls
– Head rolls
– Solid kickups (maybe 534)
– with regular spins and helicopter spins and from each hand to each foot
– Kick up to same foot kick up to juggle
– Shower
– Multiplex shower
– With Ball bounce
– 2-high pirouette (with ball bounce)
– Roll club on head (under ball bounce)
– To juggle all 5 back (regular and tennis)
– Backcrossed all 5 with ball thrown directly from backcross to head ounce
– Throw ball high to bounce on ground behind to head bounce

5 CLUBS (6:03)
– Overhead
– 3-high pirouette to juggle (not over head)
– 94444
– with helicopter spin on head
– Flash 3, 2 simultaneous treblas, to juggle
– Joggling in place with every throw under the leg (for 3 then 5 throws)
– 7 right-handed Alberts in a row
– Half-shower
– Tennis
– Multiplexes
– 64 Synchronous
– with cross-overs
– Backcrosses
– Directly to dips
– Multiplex to catch behind the back
– 5-high half and full pirouettes
– With ball bounce
– To juggle 6 back to head bounce (sometimes from behind the back throw)

6 CLUBS (12:00)
– With ball bounce
– To juggle 7 back to head bounce

7 CLUBS (12:55)
4 backcrosses
– 5-high priouette (Never succeeded but many close attempts)
– High throw back into juggle

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Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: The Secret of Great Comedy

What is the secret of great comedy…? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not timing. It’s practice. I don’t know how to sit down and write a funny joke. But I do know how to write two dozen jokes and then find out which ones are funny. And this is how every comedy writer that I’ve ever talked to creates …

Gatto Practicing: Rings Exclusive Video

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Table of Contents:

5 RINGS WITH A HEAD BOUNCE (00:00)
-Half shower in each direction to full flat reverse
-Half shower with flat fronts and pancakes for highs then lows then both
-Multiplexes with flat fronts
-Full pancakes
-5-high half and full pirouettes. Also 5-high pirouette, catch two, pirouette to juggle
-With ball bouncing on head for about 30 seconds into 6 objects and back to 5 with bounce

6 RINGS WITH A HEAD BOUNCE (03:06)
-For 30 seconds
-To juggle all 7 back to head bounce
-To juggle 7 to 7-high pirouette

7 RINGS WITH A HEAD BOUNCE (06:20)
-To break down and back up and finishing with pull-down (through bounce)

8 RINGS WITH A HEAD BOUNCE (07:10)
-For about 30 throws
-Start with 1 around neck and juggling 7 to pull off to juggle 8
-Pull down all 8 (through bounce)

9 RINGS WITH A HEAD BOUNCE (08:23)
-For about 20 throws
-Pull down all 9 (through bounce)

8 RINGS (10:10)
-juggle while balancing ring on nose
-To pull down

9 RINGS (11:05)
-Many runs (best around 60 throws)
-7-high pirouette to finish and to juggle (total 36 throws -16 before, 20 after)
-9-high pirouette
-9-high pirouette to pulldown
-Nick throwing in from 1 to 9 rings

10 RINGS (22:10)
-Fountain for about 24 throws

11 RINGS (22:30)
-Flash from hands (no holster)
-Flash to pull down (with holster)
-Flash with head bounce (with holster) (Never succeeded but many close attempts)

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Notes and queries and a case full of clubs: Object Physical Research

In my last column I wrote at length about the inherent conceptual content of juggling, and so I thought the best way to follow up on that would be by bringing the topic back down to something more tangible: the most tangible and basic thing possible – how we move the objects we use. Something I hold very dear is …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Comedy Darwinism

There are two obvious ways to make your show funnier: First, add more laughs. Second, make the laughs you already have bigger. In the next few months, I’m going to use this column to give you some tools to help you do both of these. I hope your feedback and comments help me come up with even more. I’ve talked …