It doesn’t matter if you’re on the Kidmin stage or the silver screen, every director knows there’s some people that work well with each other and there’s some people, both of which might be crazy talented, and if you put them together, they stink.
There’s the famous duos of comedy and the big screen and then there’s the $1 bins at superstores full of cinematic strike outs.
I think one thing that is super important is the ability to listen, which I’ve written about before. But sometimes it comes down to how well they can pitch.
Often times I’ll tell our storytellers or hosts, if they’re working with a comedic character to give them softball pitches.
In a bible story, for kids ministry, that looks like:
“So then the Pharisee turned to Jesus and asked him something important. Do you know what it was Joey?”
“Who’s your favorite Power Puff Girl?”
If you’re doing a comedy sketch for adults it can be a little less obvious. The basic premise: leave an open ended question or avenue out there for your comedic counterpart to jump in and add humor or energy.
Pitching and batting goes both ways though. I’ll tell my Comic Host they can easily do this to help develop the story for the storyteller as well.
For instance, I remember we told the prodigal son story not long ago. I told our Comic Host to give the Storyteller a softball pitch:
“So the lost son, the guy who took his dad’s money and left. The guy who wasted all of it on silly stuff. That guy really went back to his dad? What did he do? Did his dad kick him out? Was he still mad at him? Did he yell at him? Did he ground him? Did he make him listen to Justin Bieber?”
In soft pitching a cheesy line for kids, the Comic Host recaps the story so far, sets-up the storyteller to explain what really happened, and provides a chuckle or two.
When your presenters are in sync, keeping their eye on the ball, it can lead to some great softball pitches that guarantee great home runs.