Fewer and fewer comedians want to emcee anymore but emceeing abilities train you to become very funny on your feet, handle hecklers and sound more conversational. With that in mind, here’s some Mcing tips primarily based on acts and scenes from the most comedic man in Hollywood and the world at large; Kevin Hart.
- Come In With Super High Energy.
You want to get the audience’s energy as high as possible. Kevin would always come like he’s got it under control (truth is he’s not, but just act like it).
- Start by saying “Hi everyone, we have a great show for you tonight.”
Ensure you’re smiling and that you sound genuine.
Ever wondered why the most comedic man in the world is always stupidly smiling? it’s because that’s actually the most important part.
- Get the audience to clap again with something like “Clap it up for yourselves” or “Who’s glad it’s a Friday night?” Unless you get an excellent response, say “You can do better, let’s try that once more.”
It (subconsciously) communicates to the audience that you’re in total control.
- Go into crowd work.
Just like Kevin Hart, either ask the unusual questions like “Where are you from?”, “What do you do for work”, among others or try to come up with more interesting questions (in advance).
Try to make jokes about their answers, or joke about the fact that their answers are boring. Don’t panic if some of your improvised joke attempts miss.
- Don’t talk to more than 3 tables in a row, or people will get bored and even hate you and your whole presence throughout the party or event.
- Do a couple of your jokes: If there’s something you’d want to learn from the most comedic man in the world, it’s how to easily crack jokes out of the blue without having to think much about it. Just look around you and use something in the present.
- Get a final round of applause, then convey out the next comic.
For instance: “You guys are great. We have an awesome show. Are you ready for your next comedian?” Make sure the comedian’s name is the last part of their introduction.
You want to say “This next comedian has been on Comedy Central please put your hands together for John Doe.” Do not say “Your next comedian is John Doe, he’s been on Comedy Central.”
BONUS: This is a personal pet peeve of mine: Don’t ask “Who’s ready to get this show started?” or “Are you ready for your first comedian?” The show has already been in progress since you got up there.
- Repeat step 4 through 6 as needed, establish the pattern.
Alternately, you can open with a quick joke or two (not longer than a minute) and then go into crowd work.
This works better on shows where the audience is unsure it’ll be a good show. The best is if you have crowd work questions that will lead into your material.
Example: “Anybody married in here? Oh yeah, how long? When’s the divorce? Just kidding. But I’ve actually been married for twenty years.”
- When you come on stage between each comic, make sure to maintain a super high level of energy
To keep the audience in their seats and excited about the next comic. First say, “how about another round of applause for [comic’s name].” Then either go into a joke or two, or just introduce the next comedian.
If there are more than 3 comedians on the show, I don’t recommend doing time between the first and second comedian, so that the audience doesn’t think you’ll be slowing down the show after each performer.
BONUS: If you can come up with a quick one or two line joke based on the last act’s closing bit, that’s a great way to keep the show feeling connected and as one.
Example: If the last comic said something like “Then I passed out in an alley, and woke up without a wallet,” you can come up there and say “So I was in an alley last night, going through Joe’s wallet”
- Most imperative.
In any sense, you can’t talk at people, you have to speak to them. (This applies to regular stand up spots as well, but especially if you’re the host).
If you don’t get many laughs as a host, but your energy is positive and you’re smiling the whole time, the audience is comfortable and engaged and the first comedian does well, you did your job (even if you don’t feel great about it).
Though these well researched and calmly written article is based on movies, events and shows spear headed by the most comedic man in the world, popular known as Kevin Hart as earlier stated, You could watch more of his movies and his not too long standalone performance “The Irreplaceable”. I’m pretty sure that would give you more than enough insight as to just how you could become a great emcee.
Also do well to share and drop your comments below in the comment section let’s know the steps that did the magic for you or probably suggest yours, so we’d add it to the list.