The best audience is one that is intelligent, well-educated, and a little drunk.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
At male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Compare the cinema with theatre. Both are dramatic arts. Theatre brings actors before a public and every night during the season they re-enact the same drama. Deep in the nature of theatre is a sense of ritual. The cinema, by contrast, transports its audience individually, singly, out of the theatre towards the unknown.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Your audience gives you everything you need. They tell you. There is no director who can direct you like an audience.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The actor searches vainly for the sound of a vanished tradition, and critic and audience follow suit. We have lost all sense of ritual and ceremony -- whether it be connected with Christmas, birthdays or funerals -- but the words remain with us and old impulses stir in the marrow. We feel we should have rituals, we should do something about getting them and we blame the artists for not finding them for us. So the artist sometimes attempts to find new rituals with only his imagination as his source: he imitates the outer form of ceremonies, pagan or baroque, unfortunately adding his own trapping -- the result is rarely convincing. And after the years and years of weaker and waterier imitations we now find ourselves rejecting the very notion of a holy stage. It is not the fault of the holy that it has become a middle-class weapon to keep the children good.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every fifteen seconds.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The audience only pays attention as long as you know where you are going.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol and an audience is electrified.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Popular art is normally decried as vulgar by the cultivated people of its time; then it loses favor with its original audience as a new generation grows up; then it begins to merge into the softer lighting of quaint, and cultivated people become interested in it, and finally it begins to take on the archaic dignity of the primitive.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The virtue of dress rehearsals is that they are a free show for a select group of artists and friends of the author, and where for one unique evening the audience is almost expurgated of idiots.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I hate the actor and audience business. An author should be in among the crowd, kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or merriment.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are born at the rise of the curtain and we die with its fall, and every night in the presence of our patrons we write our new creation, and every night it is blotted out forever; and of what use is it to say to audience or to critic, Ah, but you should have seen me last Tuesday?More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
My conception of the audience is of a public each member of which is carrying about with him what he thinks is an anxiety, or a hope, or a preoccupation which is his alone and isolates him from mankind; and in this respect at least the function of a play is to reveal him to himself so that he may touch others by virtue of the revelation of his mutuality with them. If only for this reason I regard the theater as a serious business, one that makes or should make man more human, which is to say, less alone.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If I miss one day of practice, I notice it. If I miss two days, the critics notice it. If I miss three days, the audience notices it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I never failed to convince an audience that the best thing they could do was to go away.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The simplest way to customize is to phone members of the audience in advance and ask them what they expect from your session and why they expect it. Then use their quotes throughout your presentation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If you want an audience start a fight.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience -- it also marks the time, which is four o clock in the morning, and saves a description of the rising sun, and a great deal about gilding the eastern hemisphere.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The audience is the most revered member of the theater. Without an audience there is no theater. Every technique learned by the actor, every curtain, every flat on the stage, every careful analysis by the director, every coordinated scene, is for the enjoyment of the audience. They are our guests, our evaluators, and the last spoke in the wheel which can then begin to roll. They make the performance meaningful.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nobody seriously questions the principle that it is the function of mass culture to maintain public morale, and certainly nobody in the mass audience objects to having his morale maintained.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The director is simply the audience. So the terrible burden of the director is to take the place of that yawning vacuum, to be the audience and to select from what happens during the day which movement shall be a disaster and which a gala night. His job is to preside over accidents.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark -- that is critical genius.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, "Yes, but is it the God the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?"More [08/30/2005 12:08:00]
Narrator: It's called a changeover. The movie goes on, and nobody in the audience has any idea.More [09/07/2005 12:09:00]
Narrator: Tyler was a night person. While the rest of us slept, he worked. He had one part time job as a projectionist. See, a movie doesn't come all on one real. It comes on a few. See, there are these little dots on the screen.
Tyler Durden: In the movie industry, we call them cigarette burns.
Narrator: That's the cue for a change-over. The movie keeps on going, and nobody in the audience has any clue.
Tyler Durden: Why would anyone want this shit job?
Narrator: Because it affords him other interesting opportunities.
Tyler Durden: Like splicing single frames of porn into family films...More [09/07/2005 12:09:00]
Narrator: So when the snoody cat, and the courageous dog, with the celebrity voices meet for the first time in reel three, that's when you'll catch a flash of Tyler's contribution to the film.
[the audience is watching the film, the pornography flashes for a split second]
Narrator: Nobody knows that they saw it, but they did...
Tyler Durden: A nice, big, cock...
[several audience members look rattled, a little girl is crying]
Narrator: Even a hummingbird couldn't catch Tyler at work.More [09/07/2005 12:09:00]
Corky St. Clair: My first show was Barefoot in the Park, which was an absolute smash, but my production on the stage of Backdraft was what really got them excited. This whole idea of 'In Your Face' theatre really affected them. The conceptualization, the whole abstraction, the obtuseness of this production to me was what was interesting. I wanted the audience to feel the heat from the fire, the fear, because people don't like fire, poked, poked in their noses, you know when you get a cinder from a barbeque right on the end of your nose and you kind of make that face, you know, that's not a good thing, and I wanted them to have the sense memory of that. So during the show I had someone burn newspapers and send it through the vents in the theatre. And well, they freaked out, and 'course the fire Marshall came over and they shut us down for a couple of days.More [10/22/2005 12:10:00]
Questioner: I was just wondering if you could tell me, um, if you thought drugs and alcohol would make me a better writer.
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: That's a good question. Let me see...
[the audience cheers as Thompson lights a joint. A few people throw joints onto the stage]
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: In my case, you know, I hate to advocate drugs or liquor, violence, insanity to anyone. But in my case it's worked.More [01/23/2006 12:01:00]
I see this opportunity as a way to connect to the Spanish-speaking audience in a different and more profound way than I've been able to do in the past. I want to tell the stories of Latinos who grow up here and live the American Dream.More [03/17/2006 12:03:00]
Once over there [Balkans], I felt extremely patriotic. Here are these people, from 18-year-olds to military veterans, enduring real duress for the cause of peace. I don't ever want to play for a regular audience again, only military folks who are starving for music.More [03/20/2006 12:03:00]
When I'm up on stage, I don't think about anything except the song I'm singing. Anyway, the majority of my audience is female, and I can't think that many of them want to see me a French maid outfit somehow!More [03/21/2006 12:03:00]
Britney and I show a little tummy and it's like, 'Oh My God.' But N'Sync or Backstreet Boys will do repeated pelvic thrusts to an audience of pre-pubescent girls and nobody says anything!More [03/22/2006 12:03:00]
I had a lot of questions, but they were more about the character than the plot. Greg and I talked a lot about the details of her inner life and the way she coped, a lot more than how I was going to look. Since the story is open to interpretation, I thought it was really important that the character be emotionally accessible, that the audience would be able to identify with her struggle.More [03/23/2006 12:03:00]
We were hoping that the audience was going to be happy about it and not like, 'What they are doing?' ... So when we got a good response, we were really excited. This is my favorite year so far.More [03/23/2006 12:03:00]
The audience should feel like voyeurs. Their response is absolutely crucial.More [04/06/2006 12:04:00]
I did the 'Crook and Chase' show while I was in Nashville. They asked me if I had a church background, and when I said I was born a Baptist, that got the audience on fire. They must have all been Baptists.More [04/08/2006 12:04:00]
Our core audience is into the Web, so we felt it was natural for us to reach youth culture online.More [04/10/2006 12:04:00]
If we hit the collective nerve of the audience on that night, that they would be standing up and rushing towards the stage to hug us.More [04/11/2006 12:04:00]
I'm holding a mirror to the audience and telling them there is a violent person in all of us.More [04/11/2006 12:04:00]
As an audience member, I like watching Rupert as an actor when he's most playful, ... I think Rupert is really adept at comedy; I think that's where his strength lies.More [04/11/2006 12:04:00]
I knew the audience that would come to see this would be adults and kids and the older, wrinkled kids will love this movie too.More [04/11/2006 12:04:00]
In one night, we're going to reach an audience larger than 'Titanic' did in months.More [04/11/2006 12:04:00]
I would actually go up during those; it was kind of scary for the people at first and then they were happy. Now, there's a couple amazing people out on the road like Pablo Francisco and Dane Cook is out there and they're building a huge audience with the craft of stand up comedy.More [04/12/2006 12:04:00]
Why would they have gone to the trouble to hire the best comedy writers in the business to write funny material for us to play straight, if the children in our audience were the only audience.More [04/15/2006 12:04:00]
For me to go back and to play for audiences some of whom have been following me for thirty years and some who have found me in the last five or six years, that's really an interesting thing. I have an audience that goes from kids to seventy year olds.More [04/27/2006 12:04:00]
There's nothing like a play. It's so immediate and every performance is different. As an actor, you have the most control over what the audience is seeing.More [04/28/2006 12:04:00]
For instance, when I go to the premiere on Tuesday I probably won't watch the film at all - I'll be watching the audience just to see their reaction to different moments, what I'm doing right and what I'm doing wrong, stuff like that.More [05/03/2006 12:05:00]
We played on Sunday nights opposite All in the Family. We were supposed to knock off All in the Family. Well, we didn't. They had a different audience and besides, it's a classic. So in the network's view, we were a failure, even thought we were in the Top 20.More [05/03/2006 12:05:00]
An audience would come having been fed something about how to react, and where you'd be getting tons of laughs at the preview, the next night there'd be dead silence because they'd been told that the piece isn't funny.More [05/22/2006 12:05:00]
On himself: 'I am a specialist in unrequited love' (mentioned to the audience at the Austin concert).More [05/24/2006 12:05:00]
I try to do as many stunts as they'll let me do. I think it's important for an audience to feel that the actor's really doing it.More [05/25/2006 12:05:00]
I don't think it's fair to bemoan our fate, ... I think a movie lives or dies based on its own merit. If it doesn't find an audience in this theatrical release, hopefully down the line it'll be appreciated and Terry will be appreciated for what he's done.More [05/25/2006 12:05:00]
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