At Schtick or Treat, I did a set as Sam Kinison. (It looked like my face was about to explode.) Ya often hear Kinison described as a rock 'n roll comic and while learning his routine, I realized part of that might be due to how much he relied on dynamics.
In that sense, he was the comedy equivalent of Nirvana, The Pixies, or Led Zeppelin. Quiet verses into exploding choruses. Mellow into screaming. Lulls you into a comfort zone and then rips it all to shreds. Something about that clash of dynamics is really hypnotizing.
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Kinison, Zeppelin, and the loud-soft dynamic
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