A study using an experimental comedy night in Nashville Tennessee has concluded that it is still much too easy to impress live audiences in the USA by simply mentioning things they can understand.
Free tickets were handed out in the area to provide a test audience for a stand up show, which then opened with a previously unknown comedian bounding onto the stage and introducing himself before asking ‘Is there anybody here tonight from Nashville?!!’, this was met with whooping and hollering as many in attendance realised that they were, in fact, from Nashville themselves.
Follow up questions included ‘Do you guys like Nascar??’, ‘Country music’s great isn’t it?’ and ‘I really like fried chicken, how about you?’. Each was met with ever increasing levels of noise as the audience recognised things that they understood and enjoyed. By the time they were told that they’d been ‘a really great audience’ after the 30 minute show, the excitement was at fever pitch.
It was only 3 weeks later that the first of the spectators realised that they hadn’t actually been told any jokes.