People often put on a 'funny voice' or accent for emphasis or just in general conversation. This is possibly a reaction to their company but possibly some kind of psychological obfuscation?
Does askmetafilter know of any any research into the way people put on funny voices for emphasis when they say things? Accents and intonations etc.
Google has not been kind to finding ideas or starting points.
posted by debord
on Feb 2, 2014 -
I'm auditioning for a show soon, for the first time in over a decade. I need help choosing audition material. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue
on Jan 7, 2014 -
Was I sexually violated? I keep obsessing about this, I don't know if the other parties care or have declared me a pariah [more inside]
posted by Jewel98
on Oct 6, 2013 -
I recently landed the role of Lennox in a local production of Macbeth
—uh, "The Scottish Play"—despite very little experience in acting. I enjoy roles with fewer lines, so I was pleased at first. Now that we're well into rehearsals, however, I'm struggling with my personality and the character's. Lennox is a thane, a soldier, and I'm a weedy introvert. I need some help. [more inside]
posted by Quilford
on Sep 29, 2013 -
CompleteWasteofQuestionFilter: Who's the fortyish, extremely lanky, English or English-accent-assuming male actor who has a prominent nose and long teeth, and wears his dark hair in a ponytail? I think he has worn a lab coat and/or black trenchcoat in an American television show in the past decade, but I cannot remember which Nerdy Scientist Guy he might have portrayed.
posted by Gingersnap
on Jun 7, 2013 -
I have a crush on my stage partner. I know how bad an idea this is, but how do I keep it under control when I'm draped lovingly over him for half the show? Help me do my job without the temptation to, ahem, take work home with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 19, 2013 -
How do I hire someone in New York City that can provide a very unique service for a bachelorette party? This would involve specific timing, possibly a costume, decent voice, decent looks, heaps of charm. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith
on Mar 25, 2013 -
I'm looking for advice and resources on how to use improv to flesh out a written scene.
I'm not looking for freestyle improv where you're trying to create a new situation, or general theater games, but a more targeted form of improv, where you already have a scene and characters and backstory and dialog, but you want to get the actors to exercise their imagination and flesh out the relationships rather than just play the dialog that's already on the page.
What are some parameters? How involved should an improv scenario be in this situation? Should you tell the actors where to end up? How far do you let it go?
posted by musofire
on Mar 14, 2013 -
I'm moving to London soon and I have a freelance job (totally unrelated to entertainment) which lets me schedule my week however I like. I think it might be fun to get cast as an extra or even get a speaking role in random tv shows or movies filmed in London. How would I go about doing this? Are there websites to register at or do I need to get an agent? I have zero acting experience.
posted by KimikoPi
on Feb 18, 2013 -
Quick, blush-inducing question: remember the diner scene
in Silver Linings Playbook? I would like more scenes from movies/TV like that (basically, a conversation which plays out like an impromptu tango, and in which one/both parties finds themselves unexpectedly/uncomfortably/obviously aroused).
posted by julthumbscrew
on Feb 16, 2013 -
What is the most moral way for me to treat or respond to someone who acts in a way informed by less progressive values, given that they may not have had the opportunity, resources or upbringing to learn how to question their own thinking and biases? [more inside]
posted by Conspire
on Feb 8, 2013 -
I'm learning a monologue with a General Australian accent, but I'm having trouble finding resources to check my pronunciation of the R-rated language in the monologue. Can you point me to recordings that may help? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie
on Jan 14, 2013 -
Hit me with your favorite monologues for women, 25-35, 3 mins or less. Dramatic, comedic, film, tv, theatre... don't care. I want exceptional, chewy material for a monologue slam.
posted by lizifer
on Nov 13, 2012 -
How do I approach a castmate I've developed feelings for? We've been working on a show together for about a month, and I've developed an attraction to him. I immediately determined I should wait until the show closed to make any obvious moves, but I'm not sure how to do it. [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie
on Jul 21, 2012 -
How do I figure out what I want to do and where I want to live and move to the other side of the country at the same time? Nature, dislike of large cities, an acting career...loooots of text inside, lots of explanation. Help! [more inside]
posted by Emms
on Mar 14, 2012 -
I'm working on a project featuring actors and actresses playing the role of the villain and I need some help. [more inside]
posted by mister nice
on Mar 8, 2012 -
I'm trying to recall a book I read in college about The Method, as in Stanislavski. I'm pretty certain it's not "An Actor Prepares", but I could be wrong. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith
on Mar 6, 2012 -
How do I learn to smile naturally, on command? I've started a performance art and need to be able to smile on command without it looking forced. Exercises, tricks, and explanations of how
to "smile with your eyes" are all welcome! (Previous questions about smiling revolve around smiling in everyday life, which isn't exactly what I need.)
posted by philosophygeek
on Feb 27, 2012 -
I am playing a bodyguard in a Lady Gaga-like music video. How should I prepare for the role? [more inside]
posted by MikeonTV
on Jan 26, 2012 -
Can you recommend a good (and relatively inexpensive) beginning acting class or workshop in L.A.? (I know.) [more inside]
posted by tyrantkitty
on Dec 19, 2011 -
When dubbing English language TV shows/movies, does the same actor voice the same actor's roles? Or does, say, Tom Cruise have a different German voice in each movie? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Dec 3, 2011 -
How can I work on a more "natural" delivery (emphasis, pitch, etc.) when reading books aloud? [more inside]
posted by yersinia
on Nov 16, 2011 -
My sibling is at NYU in the Stella Adler acting studio. She is a freshman and is very frustrated with the lack of rigor the acting program offers. She is very disappointed and questioning if other people had this experience. Other students have also shared this feeling, not just about Stella Adler studio but also about the studios they are attending. Based on your experience, did you feel it was a quality program worth attending for 4 years? Do the studio classes improve after the 1st semester? I would really appreciate your honesty. Thanks.
posted by ckk88
on Nov 4, 2011 -
Teaching an on-camera acting class to kids age 8-12. Looking for interesting TV and film scenes featuring kids.
Can you suggest scenes, ideally as YouTube links or online scripts? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus
on Sep 21, 2011 -
Please recommend scenes of women flirting effortlessly, being casually sexy and generally feeling comfortable in a sexually confident way. [more inside]
posted by h00py
on Aug 22, 2011 -
I am looking for great performances of Lady Macbeth. Please point me towards any recordings (video, audio) of Lady M's finest moments. I don't need whole productions of Macbeth
, just great performances of Macbeth's wife. Online, preferably. [more inside]
posted by crossoverman
on Jun 17, 2011 -
ISO recommendations for and experiences related to acting classes in the SF Bay Area and general advice regarding the world of acting classes. [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze
on Mar 12, 2011 -
I have a trained animal about to appear in national commercial. What should I be looking for in my contract? Residuals /one off / both? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 25, 2011 -
How to write an acting resume? Or rather, how to make my bare-bones resume not look so embarassingly empty and bare?
And a sorta ethical question.... and much anxiety... [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl
on Feb 23, 2011 -
HollywoodFilter: Can Demore Barnes, actor on The Unit, one of my favourite TV series, make a living as an actor? [more inside]
posted by Sully
on Feb 14, 2011 -
I LOVE movies where the villian is played by an actor who is typically cast as the good guy hero in their roles in other films. Off the top of my head I can think of Harrison Ford in "What Lies Beneath", Robin Williams in "One Hour Photo", and John Travolta in "The Taking of Pelham 123" Can you give me more examples?
Preferably good movies :-D
posted by razzamatazm
on Nov 1, 2010 -
Multilingual Mefites: Which English language cartoons have better voice acting (funnier or more talented, etc) in an over-dubbed foreign version than in the original? Conversely, how often are the over-dubbed voices simply terrible compared with the times the quality is comparable? Are certain cartoons ruined in translation due to unfortunate acting choices?
posted by dgaicun
on Oct 9, 2010 -
"Does my dream job exist?" Or, "What are some good fallback jobs for an aspiring actor who does not enjoy starving to death?" [more inside]
posted by Wanderboy
on Aug 16, 2010 -
A friend is going to be in a web series starting this fall. What things should they do to make the series successful? What even counts as successful for a web series? Any tips or red flags? Any suggestions about where to post (Vimeo/YouTube/other), marketing tips, or other suggestions from the Hive Mind greatly appreciated.
posted by nometa
on Aug 16, 2010 -
I'm teaching a film class for gifted teenagers. I need help thinking of short scenes from films for acting / directing practice. [more inside]
posted by duvatney
on Jun 15, 2010 -
I want to expand my collection of accents. What movies should I watch? I'm especially interested in regional American, UK and Irish accents, but hearing non-native English speakers is helpful as well.
posted by freshwater_pr0n
on Feb 24, 2010 -