A Quick Acting Exercise

Answering the door, as an actor you will need to have this skill. Here’s how to do it.

As an exercise, answer the door EXACTLY like this substituting “Stella” with the name of whomever is at your door. It’s OK to use “my (darling) neighbor,” or “the (darling) mailman” if you don’t know their name but it is not OK to omit the word “darling.” Answer the door exactly this way for six months to a year.

When A Clown Dies…

it’s sad and funny. Notice of this recent clown’s death came to me from VIBRATIONs

NEW YORK (AP) — A clown suffered a fatal collapse in front of spectators at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Sixty-seven-year-old Robert Blasetti went into cardiac arrest as he made balloon animals at Sixth Avenue and West 39th Street on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

When I think of a clown dying I think of only one thing – Chuckles’ The Clown’s funeral scene from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It’s as important as the balcony scene when it’s theater you’re studying. Directed by Joan Darling...make no mistake. I was honored to be her student once, she gives chickens on your forehead. Now take a few minutes and enjoy your homework assignment here. This is good writing, good directing and good acting back when good TV wasn’t only on HBO.

…aaaand scene.