Juggling On Broadway

In addition to my family, friends, and faith, I have two other primary passions – juggling and theater. I’ve been a Musical Theater Critic for the past 17 years, seeing around sixty musicals a year and writing reviews for Talkin’ Broadway. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I decided to write an article about jugglers on the Broadway …

Enjoying classical jugglers

Yes, I admit: I like good classical juggling! In the juggling culture where I grew up, a world with youtube and Wes Peden, it seems almost like a sin to watch the videos below. Common critique is that traditional jugglers hardly invent new tricks. They also do not incorporate tools such as theatre and dance. These jugglers merely meet the …

Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: Hat Juggling

Variety performers have to wear many hats: writer, editor, director, performer, prop maker, agent, publicist, social media manager, even costumer. In any other form of theater, each of these jobs would be done by different people with different skills, different training, and different temperaments, yet most of us to do all these things and more ourselves. We don’t have to, …

EJC 2014 Ireland – Land of Legends

EJC2014 Legend Stage in Ireland - Land of Legends

Ireland is know for many things – wonderful food, spectacular landscape, creamy pints of Guinness, and ancient legend. At this years European Juggling Convention you can experience the food and drink, the landscape, and most importantly – The Legend Stage. The EJC returns to Millstreet County Cork in the province of Munster for what is guaranteed to be one of …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Comedy Karaoke

Using volunteers is one of the easiest ways to get laughs. Adding a volunteer to a bit instantly makes it seem more spontaneous, raises the stakes, allows solo performers to do dialogue instead of just monologue, and creates opportunity for conflict—all great ingredients for comedy! But beware: Audience participation is such a powerful tool that many variety acts overuse it. In …

EJC 2014 Ireland tickets on sale now

Pre-registration for EJC2014 is now officially open. The tickets are available in four phases, increasing in price until right before the convention itself. The first phase is the shortest one and the ticket prices are the best value so order your tickets today. During pre-registration you will also be able to purchase the Exclusive Official EJC2014 T-shirt and Hoodie available …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Mixing In Action

Comedy Fish

Last month I wrote about the three most common types of mix jokes: Mixes that apply attributes of one thing onto another Mixes that combine two familiar things to create something new Mixes that use one thing to talk about another I also presented the classic two-list method for writing these types of jokes: Find two subjects you have a …

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 …