January 11, 2016

Being funny and hosting a show, podcast, or livestream

Hosting a show is challenging, but also is a lot of fun. The goal is to constantly be entertaining, funny, sarcastic, quick, and smart. Quips are fine, interruptions are fine, but try to feel out what the flow is of the show–it feels messy whenever you start over-talking on your co-hosts.

Build your personality, and project it. What makes you funny? What makes you unique? What makes you noticeable, standout, entertaining? Find those qualities and embrace this, and don’t be afraid to do and act a bit larger than life. After all, this is all a show.

Discover other personalities and play off of them - no need to be the same personality as your co-host. If you’re hosting with someone who is really sarcastic, try to play it a bit more straight. If someone is very passionate about a subject, maybe throw in a sarcastic jab or a quizzical what?” If someone is being goofy, try to take a smarter or more analytic approach. Feel free to jump around in terms of your tone and style, but stick to your general personality: highlight what makes you you.

Take risks. Tell a joke that you might only find funny, or make an outlandish point. Don’t be afraid to spurt out something that you think might not pan out — just see what happens. When you have a co-host that says something questionable, or awkward, keep the flow going. Back them up, and even if you don’t agree, just keep the conversation flowing naturally. Saying hold on. wait. what? let’s unpack that.” is totally fine, and can lead to funny moments.

Always feel free to laugh at something, as the more you laugh, the more you back up” your fellow hosts. Poking fun is fine, but don’t pile on. Remember your a team, but sometimes teams rag on each other. Just remember it’s a balance — don’t be mean about it.

Consider your personality something that you build. Consider your co-hosts personalities a bridge you have to build to. Consider how everyone flows to one another, and how you fit into the whole picture.

Each week, just try improve yourself a little, and figure out how you can build your personality and presence into the polished show host you know you can be. Take notes. Listen to other podcasts and shows, and find out the little details that you like.

If something isn’t working, save it till after the show. If someone is being negative, try to remain positive. Energy and passion is important, so try to project as much as possible.

Have a quick get together after the show: share ideas, comments, critiques. Let everyone get their say, but don’t get too negative or critical. It’s a learning process, and just try to improve a little each week (or however frequent your show is).


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