In this workshop, you will learn how to manipulate a marionette, as well as the ins and outs, the ups and downs of performing on cruise ships. My apologies. I was just reading a workshop description about the multi-talented marionette artist, Phillip Huber, and that description sounded so much more glamorous than mine.
I will explain, with examples, certain theories and formulas for producing humor, such as Incongruity Theory, Superiority Theory, Release or Relief Theory, Play on Words Formula, Reverse Formula, and Exaggeration Formula.
If you so desire, you can bring a hot glue gun, a scissor, and wear loose fitting clothing, although none of those things will be the least bit useful during the workshop. In fact, they will be confiscated at the door before you enter, including your loose fitting clothing. You should, however, bring your sense of humor, even if the workshop is in the early morning slot.
The absolute worst thing that anyone can be told is that they have no sense of humor. You can tell them they have bad breath, or that they are ugly. If you tell them they have no sense of humor, you can kiss your Facebook friendship good-bye. When you leave my workshop, you may still have bad breath. People may still call you all sorts of names. One thing they will never say, even with their own bad breath, is that you have no sense of humor, and your puppet scripts are boring. I guarantee it, or my name isn’t Phillip Huber.
In 1979, Bob and his wife, Elise Handelman, as mere toddlers, founded Puppets To Go, a full-time professional puppet company. They have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, performing both children’s and adult shows. Bob has been the Humor Consultant for the Puppeteers of America for 30 years. He contributed a humor column for the Puppetry Journal, the Puppeteers of America quarterly magazine, for 25 years. He has given humor workshops at many regional and national puppet festivals. In 1996, Bob and Elise were given the Puppeteers of America Mid-Atlantic Regional Service Award. Bob is an award-winning author of “Diary of a Doll Wiggler,” a humorous behind-the-scenes look at his puppetry career. For that, as well as other writings, in 2009, Bob was given the George Latshaw Award “…For Accomplishments in Writing and Publishing in the Field of Puppetry.” Bob, along with Drew Allison of Grey Seal Puppets, directed the 2007 Puppet Rampage National Puppet Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bob has served on the Board of Trustees for the Puppeteers of America as well as the Board for UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette).