April 19, 2011
New York City-based Australian actor/comedian/screenwriter Jim Dailakis is living the American Dream. But it took that one step into the unknown to get him there. As a result, he has gone well above and beyond his own aspirations.
Originally, he was invited to the US for a three month three state comedy tour. Fifteen years later, that tour continues. In fact, he has played in comedy clubs, at corporate events and in theaters in the US (43 states so far), Canada, the Cayman Islands, the Eastern Caribbean, the UK and all of his native Australia including the Outback.
He has appeared in national commercials, done voiceovers and now is looking to establish himself as a motivational humorist (while writing screenplays, and selling them!, on the side). Optimism is definitely a faith which has led to his success. He encourages anyone who is not happy with their current state to make the move now because the rewards are endless. As he says, “You’re only middle-aged once!”
February 18, 2011
W.C. Fields once said, “Comedy is a serious business. A serious business with only one purpose— to make people laugh.”
For those who appreciate a good comedy, you will know it is meant to look easy, fresh and spontaneous. And if you’ve ever been on a TV set, as I was yesterday, you will know the scenes are repeated over and over and over until it sits just right. It takes talent to make it appear as if you’re reacting for the first time. But when the crew still laugh after the fourth time you’ve said your lines, you know you’re on to something.
Comedic timing is an innate thing. It can be practiced, but some people have it more readily available in their arsenal than others. Yesterday while filming several scenes for a Bavarian comedy show (I had no lines, but got to do some minor improv), the veteran director guided the actors to their very best by showing them which physical accents counted for which camera angle. Comedy is all about timing and as the day progressed, I could feel the rhythm of the scenes flow through me. It was as if the tick-tock of the clock aligned with the pulse in my veins. It was magic.
You also know when a comedy has gone awry if the scenes don’t fit together (bad editing) or the humor is reaching for a quick laugh versus an over-arching tummy tickler. Mr. Fields was right. Comedy is a serious business, and it can teach us a lot about how time plays a part in it all.