Studying A Celebrity — The Society of Seven with Lani Misalucha

The Society of Seven with Lani Misalucha has it all.  Comedy and music that dazzles.  Always fun.  Often brilliant.  A bright spot on the Las Vegas entertainment scene.  Strong talent across the board.  They know what they’re doing and the audience loved the show.

You’ll learn many things from watching them perform.  By studying the pros you’ll become a better performer and public speaker.  You don’t want to copy them.  You want to ask yourself:  “What can I learn from their show that I can apply to what I’m already doing that will make me even better than I already am.”  Here are just a few tips:

1.  The Running Gag.  One of the performers, while doing an impersonation of a celebrity, flirted with an audience member seated next to the stage.  This provided a great opportunity for a running gag.  When he came out as another celebrity, he flirted again with the same person.  When he came out as himself, he flirted again with the same person.  A very funny bit.  The punchline was implied…that it was the performer who was flirting and not the celebrities he was impersonating.  This is usually a stronger comedy technique than directly stating a punchline.

2.  Celebrity Impersonations.  They have mastered the art of comedic impersonations.  Sometimes matching the real thing.  Often performing in parody.  When you watch an impressionist, look for mannerisms and physicality, vocal tone and quality of voice, rhythm, specific phrases.  When you do all the elements well, you can perform as a celebrity singing a signature song, and do it without even singing the proper or complete words.  The female vocalist, Lani Misalucha, was totally hilarious as she did song parodies substituting slurred words, almost a form of gibberish, instead of the actual words.  I thought it was the funniest thing in a show filled with great humor.

3.  Connection With The Audience.  They played their humor to individuals in the audience, not to the audience as a whole.  This is the right way to do it.  This technique personalized their performance and nailed their connection to the entire audience.

4.  Being In Fun.  They were having fun.  And they looked like they were having fun.  These two qualities aren’t the same thing.  Having fun when you’re speaking is one thing.  LOOKING like you’re having fun is a totally different matter.  Looking like you’re having fun is the most important thing.  If you have a cold and a headache but look like you’re having fun, you’ve won the prize.  If you’re having fun but look like you’re sick, you’ve lost the battle.

When you’re in Las Vegas, I highly recommend treating yourself to The Society of Seven with Lani Misalucha at the Flamingo.  It’s an afternoon show at 3:00 pm.