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Unread 03-10-2014, 12:14 AM   #1
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One man/woman skits - what is the best you've seen

Hey guys,

I am looking for some examples of great one person skits as I will be entering a cosplay skit contest later in the year and would love to see some examples if "what works".
Considering that most cosplay skits are from those in teams, I figure that going solo is harder- but not impossible.

Please share some examples! I'm begging you!
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Unread 03-10-2014, 10:05 AM   #2
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I will not claim best but I usually do skits alone and have won awarded at smaller cons
First one shinigami from soul eater I just stood up and told 4 jokes about anime shinigamis
I have won two other times with sketches about Luigi being sad and alone.

Ways I use dialog when I am alone on stage is either talking to the audience or the character is voicing inner monolog. There is also talking to a character that is not there.
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Unread 03-25-2014, 06:24 AM   #3
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My favorite solo act is "Flute Link" from the Masquerade at Otakon 2008. Just Link, a clever Navi prop, a backing track, and some serious musical talent. It was a great performance and I remember it bringing the house down.
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Unread 04-04-2014, 02:22 PM   #4
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Unread 04-08-2014, 08:25 AM   #5
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There was an adorable one in the kids' division at Ad Astra this weekend. It was introduced as a young wizard looking for her runaway pet dragon. Little girl in robes and a pointy sparkly hat comes out on stage dragging a teddy bear that's larger than herself, calling "Fluffy! Where are you, Fluffy? I have Mr. Cuddles!" Then a guy offstage answers her with a RAAAAAWWRRRRR! and she looks in that direction and goes "There you are! Come on, Fluffy, let's go home."

I think the guy playing Fluffy might have been her dad. But if he hadn't been available on the day she could equally have used a recorded roar (either his, which was awesome, or some downloaded sound file).
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Unread 04-11-2014, 01:52 AM   #6
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Som of the skits I've judged have been lifted straight out of the originating media (Yuna's dance) or a sort of symbolic contraction of events, or a straight up comment on the character (a few skits where I have heard the recording but the contestant had to pull out sadly).

In all cases the most memorable made sure that the story was able to be told in the time, and the contestants didn't shrink away from being the sole focus.
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Unread 04-12-2014, 12:52 PM   #7
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The best solo skit I ever saw was at Anime Boston 2012 (I think).
A girl in a very simple cosplay-- no shoes, a dirty dress and short brown hair-- came out with a flute and did a gorgeous dance, incorporating actual ballet into the performance.
It was beautiful, to say the least.
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Unread 04-15-2014, 11:46 AM   #8
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There were two acts at Ad Astra that had some awesome performing aspects to them. One was Princess Aurora singing "Once Upon a Dream" and the other was Jareth the Goblin King sauntering around the stage spinning a set of little crystal balls. Both were great costumes and talented performances. Jareth got best overall in the masquerade, I think.

As a new costumer who sings like a crow I'm a little intimidated. But I assume that masquerade judges have some standard guidelines for how much to judge on performance and how much on costume.
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