I am new to this forum. I am a magician starting to add some vent to my show. I recently purchased a Verna and I want to develop a solid character for her. Is there a resource somewhere that can help me develop the character. Right now I am thinking she should actually be a male dressed as a female. Australian comedian Brian Humphrey's Dame Edna character comes to mind. Any resources to get my creative juices flowing would be appreciated.
Here is a past post with character ideas for a country bumpkin. (N'Jay take note for your puppet) I believe that Ron may have some notes from a VentHaven lecture about developing a character. If not, we can send ideas.
Jim Adams suggests sitting with your puppet and watching tv or a movie with the volume down so you can make comments about what is going on in the show. This allows the puppets character to start to come out. You could do the same thing while driving down the road and discussing other drivers....
It is good to sit down and write as much as you can about your vent figure. Stories often develop from your character description. Think strongly about first impressions as well.
Here is some stuff I jotted down while waiting in the chat room. Sorry I missed you, Dennis. I fell asleep on the sofa. My sofa is getting to that age.
> Character portrayal:
> Country Bumpkin
> He's the apple that didn't fall far from the family tree, but when he fell he landed on his head.
> He carries his napkin on his sleeve.
> He thinks his cousin is cute enough to marry.
> When asked to separate the white clothes from the colors, he asks, "What white clothes?"
> He's thinking about getting a job so he can get a paid vacation.
> He remembers locations by the clouds floating overhead.
> He knows the most level part of the yard for taking a nap.
> His parents never got married "'cuz they couldn't afford no ring."
> I'm gonna stay a bachelor. What's good enuf fer my daddy is good enough fer me.
> He is a dentist's nightmare.
> He is a dentist's dream.
> Cain't never get 'nuf snuff!"
> Gets exercise chasing down a chicken for supper.
> Likes to take his dog hunting. He sits in the truck until the dog rustles something up onto the highway. Then he runs over it.
> Won't run over rabbits. Them little bones once punctured a tire.
> Make that cats.
> His favorit author is Dr. Seuss. That's how he learned how to spell.
> His favorite foods are green eggs and ham.
> He has a pet skunk. Better than a watch dog if'n a burglar comes by.
> He once tried rabbit ears on his TV, but the flies were a real bother.
> Likes the old country music so he listens to his dad's radio.
> Couldn't afford real estate so he became a professional squatter.
> Loves pot lucks. Takes a plate of food and some zip lock bags.
> Thinking of remodeling the outhouse.
> Can't figure out how to prime the kitchen sink.
> at his cousin's.
> Misunderstood the job application for a tractor trailor driver.