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Alternative Ways Of Connecting With The Electorate – Cottingham.tv is like Barrie McKenzie also on a ‘cultural mission’!

Barry ‘singing for his supper’ for John Lennon in a VW camper van: ‘strewth, starve the lizards – I’m so thirsty I could drink out of a Japanese wrestler’s jockstrap!

These are just the introductory-level salvos of a barrage of increasingly irreverent jokes comprising colourful metaphors – used with connect with the audience quick-fire – and make them buy lots of tins of Fosters lager to quench their thirst in the process!

Edna Everage plays the ‘straight guy’ as the ‘voice of constraint’ and Tommy Cooper plays Arthur McKenzie  read on ..

Posted by admin at May 1, 2015

Category: Art, Books, Comedy, Cottingham, Cottingham Springboard, Election, Elections, Humour, Tommy Cooper

The search for smarter ways to ‘connect with the electorate’!

There must be a ‘third way’ .. psychologically speaking!

Fortunately no one was injured

and we do (still) have ways of making you laugh!

Always Leave Them Laughing

The Psychology of Tommy Cooper

Tommy Cooper’s redeeming quality was his unique ability to connect with the audience (rather than electorate) and thereby let them in on his surprise and amazement when a trick he performed actually worked and humour conversely when it didn’t. Audiences would be engaged in the build-up of the punch line and Tommy’s apparently clumsy clown figure was always far more interesting than the trick – the way it should be with the best comedians and most remarkable people!

He used to practise his well-rehearsed routines in front of a wall rather than a mirror because that enabled him to look past himself into the audience to better engage with them. His clumsiness was however meticulously rehearsed and agile.

In psychology, this is known as building rapport and empathy.

Whether the trick worked or not, we just laughed helplessly!

Do you remember that distant stare of bewilderment into the audience looking for answers when things went wrong? It was as if we were all somehow implicated!

So is there a message? Is there method in the madness?

Answers please to Cottingham.tv

Nick

P.S. Do you know anyone who does a good Tommy Cooper impersonation?  Get in touch! Like the greatest comedians he is almost impossible to impersonate!