Funny American Monologues

  • Amber Elliott

    Actor

    Hey there!

    I have an audition coming up and I've been asked to do a monologue in an American accent. This shouldn't be a problem but it's a comedy and at present all I have are far too depressing.

    Wondered if anyone had anything they knew of that lighter and/or funny?

    Many many thanks in advance.

    • 21st May 2009
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    There's a great play by Christopher Durang called 'Laughing Wild' that has some fabulous funny, American monologues. It's a two-hander (a woman & a man), and a lot of the monologues are directed at the audience. I think it was written around the late 80s.

    • 20th May 2009
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  • Nadia Ostacchini

    Actor

    Yes! I have done the first monologue in the book - the one about the tuna fish - it's so funny! And what is more, you only need to change the odd american term and you can do it with a British accent. For example: "goddam" changes to "bloody" and "Metropolitan museum of art" to "the national gallery" etc etc. It's a great one. Good luck.

    • 20th May 2009
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  • Amber Elliott

    Actor

    I remember a monologue someone did at drama school involving tuna fish, was very funny, I will check it out.

    Thank you guys.

    • 21st May 2009
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  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    Also check the plays of Neil Simon, and also- Woody Allen wrote some wonderful plays with monologues as well. Acerbic Jewish humour- always a good laugh and very insightful as well.

    • 21st May 2009
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  • Law Ballard

    Actor

    Laughing Wild by Christopher Durang- I started out doing this one about 7 years ago, and I was going to use it again. Then i did some research, i googled it and asked around and found out, that although it is very funny it is now the most overdone of comedic speeches for women and should be avoided. I have to say i was gutted as its a good one ,but that was the feed back I found. Maybe worth looking it up yourself or probably finding another?

    • 21st May 2009
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  • Amber Elliott

    Actor

    Yes I think that's why I remember is as it is quite famous.

    I've found a couple to choose from so thank you all for your help, just have to get down to learning one of them now!

    Many thanks.

    • 21st May 2009
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    Apologies...I saw it done back in the 80s, but didn't realise it was now so popular.

    All the best with your piece, hope it bags you the job!

    • 21st May 2009
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