Spontaneous Appluase, How to manufacture

I remember hearing a story about an old stage actor whose performances would always earn a spontaneous round of applause from the audience.

Turns out that as he walked into the wings he would start clapping, and the audience would follow suit.

I felt a bit dodgy at first, but it’s really a great way to signal the end of an improv scene*.

I also use this when I’m judging High School competitions.  If the performers are not finding an ending, I’ll just start clapping.  The rest of the audience always joins in.

*Note: This only works if the scene ends with your character offstage.


3 Responses to “Spontaneous Appluase, How to manufacture”

  1. Daniel Says:

    Also just standing there going ‘tada’ with your arms will start them clapping 9 out of 10 times.

  2. improbable Says:

    But there’s nothing more uncomfortable than that 1 time out of ten.


  3. Daniel Says:


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