Sarah Palin: Stand-Up Comedian? / “Getting Political”

As a self-professed “bleeding heart liberal”, I’m watching the upcoming Presidential election with more than a passing interest. My candidate of choice has long since been vanquished in the primaries, and my political party’s choice hasn’t exactly “wowed” me as he did audiences earlier in his campaign.

Of course, I’ve heard that people on the other side of the spectrum weren’t exactly enthused with their party’s ultimate choice, at first. That is, until Senator John McCain chose as his Vice-Presidential running mate, a certain female, conservative, Governor of the State of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

I like Sarah Palin.

I’ve been listening to all the pundits analyze her, her personal life, her political career, her speeches, and her potential. Today, I received an email from Comedian Judy Carter directing me to a blog entry analyzing Palin as a Stand-Up Comedian.

Judy Carter wrote “The Comedy Bible” and “Comedy In A Box”. She blogs irregularly at “Stand-Up Comedy Tips”.

Judy has taken Sarah Palin’s GOP Nomination acceptance speech and has analyzed the speech from a speechwriter and comic’s point of view.

Sarah Palin’s Comedy Set at the RNC     (Link is now invalid)

How VP Nominee Became a Candidate for the Improv

I may not agree with her politics, but Sarah Palin made me laugh. Whether you are Democrat, Republican or listing with Lieberman, all comics and speakers can learn from the comedy techniques used in Palin’s zingy speech at the Republican National Convention.

Palin used the Jay Leno strategy–keep them laughing–and got more laughs than a Vegas headliner. As a comedy coach and the author of “The Comedy Bible,” it’s worthwhile evaluating the way that the Republican nominee for VP avoided becoming a joke by telling jokes.

It shows the power of turning problems into punch lines.

It’s hard to question policy when you are laughing away your skepticism. “Read My Lipstick” packs a hell of a lot more punch than former Presidential candidate John Kerry’s “27-Point Plan.”….

So, Senator Barack Obama communicates his message through great oratory and Governor Palin uses some self-effacing comedy to win the hearts and minds of her party. Two different approaches, two different messages, and a hundred different policy differences–who will eventually bring the house down and close the show with a success? That remains to be seen.

Currently, it seems to me that the Obama/Biden ticket has entered the middle portion of the act. Not as good as the first 15 minutes, but supporters hope for a strong closing. The McCain/Palin act has had a good opening and seems to have hit their stride and found a rhythm with the audience. Do they have the material to stay on stage?

I’m reserving judgement.

political3“Getting Political” is a semi-regular feature of “On The Road With Dave”. While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; “Getting Political” allows him to stretch that imagination.

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