View Full Version : Humorous Interp. Peice/Performance Quality?
03-02-2004, 09:18 PM
I was wondering what HI looks like in other parts of the nation, b/c for a lot of rounds I've seen and heard about locally, the winners (though there are definately exceptions to this- thank the gods!), or pecies that do well if you want to call it that, tend to be little more than individuals with SEVERE ADHD. Isn't there a factor for "Literary Merit", or is that just a myth? Or something about having a plot, or development thereof? I haven't seen a whole lot of that in the rounds I've watched, or the rounds that my teammates have competed in- though there are a few exceptions.
So, what type of things do well in other states?
05-12-2004, 04:26 PM
I can't really say i've been a lot of places around the country (I live in Florida), but i can say that it isn't always true that those w/ "ADHD" are the ones winning tournaments.
I personally have a piece that totes a plot, which is cool. And there are many others. The problem is many judges find humor to be lacking in those types of pieces, becuase they focus too much on developing the story. Happy mediums are produced though, if the person is willing to put LONG HOURS of work into it -_-. But trust me cause i've seen it, a good, plot/story script can go far
05-22-2004, 12:08 AM
One problem I have tends to be with my plot. Many judges think it's funny, but far to sexual. I live in Pennsylvania and the judges are split on the content of your piece, and the quality of performance. Most, thank God, go for the performance.
Yes, since I'm pretty sure that I have ADHD, I would say that most of the HIers here are very jump and over the top- but we're good.
05-22-2004, 07:40 AM
Here in NJ we tend to despise hyper pieces. The state champion was Scott Samuels, doing "italian rum cake," a piece about these two enemy mobsters that enter a suburbian baking contest and the poor city councilman that gets caught in the middle. He did excellently all year and will be heading to salt lake city in june. His piece is fairly traditional, focused on story and the story's point, excellent character developmen, and still manages to be hilarious. Throughout the year it was myself and him neck and neck, and i also like to think that my pieces are also more than just pointless flailing, even now that i've changed my piece to mighty morphin power rangers.
Strangely enough, the judging seems to evolve every year. The hyper pieces do semi well (as in, they'll get first and the content HI will get second, or something like that) in the beginning of the year, but the ones with actual content seem to get the better of them toward the end when more effort is put into obtaining a good judging pool.
05-22-2004, 10:39 AM
Personally i think its better to have an even combination of both. Mainly because i think too much content would make it boring, but too much overthetop humor gets kind of annoying.
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