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Practise and familiarity. The actors will already know the lines by heart. The first couple of blocking run-throughs, even before camera is set up, will let them get over most remaining giggles. You'd be amazed at how rapidly even a good gag can become just another line after repetition. After that, if someone improvs something completely out of left-field, ...


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Roger Ebert in a review of The Naked Gun 33 1/3: It would be fatal to the movie if [Neilsen] ever betrayed the slightest suggestion that [he knew] funny things are going on. He doesn't know that his double entendres are double entendres, which makes them funny. So, broadly, a comic actor is someone who can play comedic characters well, while a comedian is ...


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Having a prop to cover your face or give you an excuse to turn away could be useful. Dudley Moore was famous for corpsing when doing scenes with Peter Cook: Having a pint to drink seems to help him (sort of) during this.


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Keeping a straight face is of course preferable, but if you find yourself breaking, there are some ways to hide it. Covering your mouth with your hand or turning away from the scene can make it less obvious that you're laughing, and can also be played off as other emotions like surprise or disgust. It's tougher to do this if you are the center of the scene, ...


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I'd describe a comedian as someone who tells jokes, and a comic as someone who could make you laugh without telling jokes. Like, you laughed at John Ritter's reactions to his roommates on Three's Company (did I just date myself?), and that would make him a Comic. You laugh at George Carlin's Seven Words You Can't Say On TV, and he's a Comedian. So there ...


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