(Author & Producer, Abigail Hilton)
Abigail Hilton is the author and producer of several podcast novels, including The Guild of the Cowry Catchers series (a fullcast production). Her books were finalists for the Parsec Award in 2009 and 2012. She also does voice work in the short fiction community for the Drabblecast, the Dunesteef, and others. In addition, she co-hosts the Fullcast Podcast (an educational show on audio production) with Bryan Lincoln. Fullcast won a Parsec in 2011.
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Using Comedy to Humanize Characters and Hook Listeners in Audio Fiction
Education Level: Intermediate
Comedy is tough. Everybody knows this. But it’s also one of the most popular elements in fiction. If you can make listeners laugh, you can say almost anything and keep them coming back for more. Comedy can humanize characters. It can break through a listener’s prejudices and assumptions. But comedy is about more than just the words the characters say. Voice actor delivery and choice of music and sound effects all work together to achieve that ultimate goal – your listeners, wearing their earbuds, laughing out loud to the puzzled stares of onlookers.
1. Humor is a tool of character development.
2. Humor has particularly power to hook a listener and create lasting fans.
3. Humor in audio is about more than just words.