ERIC Number: ED428414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Using Video-Taped Examples of Stand-Up Comedy Routines To Teach Principles of Public Speaking.
Siddens, Paul J., III
This paper investigates the use of stand-up comedy routines to demonstrate principles of public speaking to college students in communication classes. The paper examines particular elements of the public speaking process, which include the structural elements of speeches: (1) introductions; (2) the body of the speech, including organization, transitions, signposts, and aspects of vocal and physical delivery; (3) conclusions; and (4) non-structural elements of speeches, including language, visual aids, and modes of delivery. Specific elements of this process are defined as they are presented in contemporary basic communication course textbooks. The paper then applies examples of parallel elements and behaviors observed in videotaped clips of standup comedy routines to these principles of public speaking to demonstrate how video clips of comedians can teach students how to apply these elements and techniques to their classroom and public presentations. Contains 35 references. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Oklahoma City, OK, April 6-9, 1994).