Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Mixing it up

Comedy Fish

One of the most important tools in a comic’s kitchen is their mixer, and not just because we’re all bitter alcoholics. Mix jokes are a staple of the comedy diet, yet most variety performers try to survive on totally mix-free fare. In this month’s article, I’m going to help you expand your comedy palette to include some mixes on the …

Felix Adanos – Gentleman Juggler

Gentleman juggler Felix Adanos was born Felix Hanus in 1905 in Laibach, Austria.  After traveling for much of his early childhood, his family settled in Berlin, Germany. Enthralled by the circus and variety theater at a very young age, he learned to juggle at the age of 12 but didn’t start seriously practicing until he was 16. His new found …

2013 Juggling Year in Review

Haga clic aquí para ver el artículo en español… 2013 has come to a close. There were many notable happenings in the world of juggling that transpired this past year. Like every year, records were broken, memorable festivals took place, and some jugglers left their mark in history. 2013 also saw some interesting juggling coverage in the media, as well …

The Greatest Juggling Tricks Of All Time (Part 3)

In the first two parts of this article, I examined many of the greatest tricks done by solo jugglers of the past. While this final segment will include more of these, I also want to look at team accomplishments and some more modern tricks that stand above the rest. I in no way intend for these articles to be all …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: That’s Still Not Funny!

Last month Katrine and I did trade show presentations for an audience of cancer doctors. (I wrote about how we dealt with that in my previous article: “That’s Not Funny.” This month, I pick up where we left off.) The main tactic Katrine and I employed in our comedy writing for this gig was: Attack the periphery. Rather than making jokes …

The Greatest Juggling Tricks Of All Time (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this article, I examined a wide array of nearly unbelievable tricks performed by Enrico Rastelli, Alexander Kiss, Ernest Montego, Alberto Sforzi, and several others. Response to that article was greater than just about any other piece I’ve written for eJuggle, so I’m glad to share even more of what I consider to be some of the …

The Greatest Juggling Tricks Of All Time (Part 1)

When I first read descriptions of the acts of Enrico Rastelli and Alexander Kiss, I was quite sure that some of the tricks described were hyperbole. I believed that surely the writer had miscounted the number of props being juggled or combined tricks together in his memory. In one or two cases, this was exactly the case. Rastelli juggling 6 …

The Origins of Ball Bounce Juggling

In the internet age, new innovations in juggling spread like wildfire. A new form of juggling can be seen by much of the world days after it’s first performed or even prior to anyone presenting it before an audience. Copycats can crop up almost immediately. One would think that this wasn’t the case 120 years ago, but that’s not necessarily …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: That’s Not Funny!

KATRINE: Client wants us to make jokes about cancer. SCOTT: How much does that pay? Katrine and I just finished doing three days of shows about cancer. This was not the easiest subject we’d ever been hired to write jokes about. Our client makes scanners and linear accelerators designed to find tumors and then blast them with radiation. They made …