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Jaine Sykes Jaine Sykes | 12:00 UK time, Friday, 26 August 2011

Funny in 15 seconds video screen

There's still a couple of days left to visit our Funny in 15 seconds video booth in Edinburgh. We'll be at the BBC site on Potterow until Saturday night - come show us what you've got! Your Funny in 15 seconds video might end up on the BBC website!

Here's our top 5 tips to make the most of your 15 seconds...

1. Too long or too short?
Don’t rush your joke and remember to speak clearly from the start, but also make sure you leave enough time to finish your funny properly!

2. The Element Of Surprise
Old jokes are great, but why not try an old classic... with a new twist? You could also try visual gags, songs, slapstick – surprise us!

3. Space, Man
The Tardis-like booth may look small on the outside, but it’s surprisingly roomy inside. Make use of all that space; get closer or further away from the screen, or walk in and out of shot.

4. Sound Advice
If there’s a group of you, speak separately; try not to step over each other’s lines. Listen carefully to the playback: is it too quiet? Too loud? If you’re struggling to hear what’s been said, then have another go.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice...
Even the top comedians still perform warm-up shows to make sure their material hits the mark. If you think you could do better, try again!

If you’re looking for more inspiration, there’s now a props box in the booth. Come and have a rummage; you might find the prop which makes your joke that little bit better.

A box full of props including hats and bow-ties

The Funny in 15 seconds video booth is open until Saturday August 27th. It is located on the BBC@Potterow site in Edinburgh.

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