(Editor/Co-host, The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine)
Big Anklevich runs the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine with his co-host, Rish Outfield. Since 2008, they’ve been gracing the podisphere with audio readings of short stories done as dynamic full-cast productions. Unlike many other similar shows, they also do extended intros and outros to the stories, discussing the merits of the story, performing skits, and answering the jibes hurled their way by their studio-mates, Announcer Man and R080T. Their podcast has developed a devoted following, and many of their fans have joined their team as story producers, creating a vibrant collaborative community.
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Using Comedy to Humanize Characters and Hook Listeners in Audio Fiction
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.