Deadpan

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Deadpan is a form of comedic delivery in which something humorous is said or done by a person, while not exhibiting a change in emotion or facial expression.

  • Buster Keaton, known as the "Great Stone Face", became famous for never cracking a smile in any of his films.
  • Jack Benny and Johnny Carson were famous for their "takes", blank stares toward the camera in response (or nonresponse) to something funny that had just happened.
  • Pat Paulsen spoke in a blank monotone with heavy eyelids, usually opening with, "Good evening, I'm really excited to be here."
  • Jackie Vernon caricatured the typically boring slide-projector presentation of vacation photos.
  • Ben Stein, a university professor in real life, found a new career as a comedy actor by exploiting the stereotype of the dull academic, often acting as a straight man.
  • Monty Python were known for their sincere performances of utter lunacy.
  • Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it."
  • Steven Wright is an American stand-up comedian whose act is filled with deadpan. quotes (http://www.freemaninstitute.com/Wright.htm)
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