Kevin Hart’s 3 Secrets To Hilarious Storytelling

Kevin Hart’s 3 Secrets To Hilarious Storytelling


Kevin Hart is an absolutely captivating storyteller
and he’s made a career out of the ability to instantly hook people and then make them
crack up. The good news is that he wasn’t simply born with the ability to tell a great
story. Anyone can learn to do it, and if you’ll stick around till the end of this video, you
will have the three most important tools to do so, because while there are tons of techniques,
the most important thing you can learn are the mindsets that lead to great stories; the
kind that get people cracking up and begging to know what happen next. That’s what we’re
talking about today. But, first, let’s talk about how you can get a group of people to
even listen in the first place. Look how Kevin Hart turns all of these guys, who are talking
to each other, into a quiet audience. What you see right here is the most overlooked
aspect of storytelling, and that is capturing attention before you’ve even started. When
I listen to most people tell stories in real life, I see people start and stop because
no one is listening, or people who struggle through because half the group is carrying
on a side conversation. If you’d take just a few seconds to make sure you have the attention,
you can save those failed stories. Kevin’s stories are one on the fact that he
grabs your attention at the beginning and he does that in a number of ways. Check out
two of them here. Yeah? And then you got asked to meet the President
of the United States. Huge. Huge. I mean… Let me tell you why it was huge, Jim. It occurs really quickly, but the two pieces
are: First, giving the story a preamble. Let me tell you why this was huge. Kevin does this
all the time, and it’s because that creates intrigue that will grab attention. Here’s
another quick example from the same interview. and then, he greet people and shake hands,
and I said, we’ll put you in the front of the podium. True story, very formal. True story. I’m in
the front, the President comes down. So you just heard Kevin say “true story” twice.
That is a preamble. When someone says that, the implication is that whatever is coming
next is unbelievable, so that you definitely want to listen in. Those two words are a great
way to hook attention, provided that you don’t abuse them. Now, going back to the first clip and watching
it all. Yeah, yeah. And then, you got, you got asked to meet the
President of the United States. Huge, huge. I mean… Let me tell you why this was huge, Jim. The second thing to notice here is that Kevin
says his name, Jim, and even if that’s a different version of his normal name, Jimmy, which makes
him chuckle. But the underlying point is that nothing makes people sit up and pay attention
like the sound of their own name. Now, I’m sure you’ve been in a conversation
and heard your name from across the room, but, immediately, you had your attention sucked
in that direction. Saying people’s names, basically, puts them in “listen mode,” because
what’s coming next is relevant to them. That makes it a great way to get people’s attention
at the beginning of a story, or even while you’re already telling it, if you see that
they start to drift out. Another great way is to let people know that
you’re on your way out, like in this clip. I see why people buy them exotic animals. If you
go to Dubai, you come back, you think it’s okay, ’cause that’s all they got. I went over a
sheikh’s house in Dubai… I’d say I’m gonna tell you all these and then I got to go. So Kevin just said “I’m gonna tell you all
these and then I got to go.” And by making this his last story, he creates the sense
that they had better listen up and you can’t use this one unless you’re truly on your way
out, but it does work well. In any event, calling their names, saying
true story, telling them that you’re on your way out, these are all just examples. The
key that underlies all of it is this. Do not ever get into a story without first
having attention from your intended audience. Now watch how Kevin will, literally, repeat
himself three or more times to make sure that he isn’t starting without attention. When have you been the awkward guy and when
have you been the sort of cool and controlled guy? Well, Louis… Right now Let’s uh… I think it’s happening. I’m the cool guy.
Kevin is incredibly awkward, in a way Well I think we need to be honest here. I
don’t think I have ever been the awkward guy. Same principle applies to when you’re already
in the middle of a story. Sometimes, when you’re already in the middle of the story,
sometimes distractions come up. People walk in, there’s a side conversation. Kevin literally
tells people to listen before he continues. Check it out. An orangutan comes out on a four-wheeler.
Listen to me. Listen to me. That don’t look like Dubai, that looked like… No, that’s just… that’s the… that’s the
orangutan’s quarters, okay? So, so… They had quarters? The orangutans, they got like the quarters. Listen to me. Understand how he came out,
like… So you see it there. Kevin doesn’t plow forward
until he answered those side questions and he has the attention to continue with the
story. And you could see it even more clearly in this next clip. Some of us came dressed as 1980s video games. So, here, Kevin and Josh got to telling a
story about how they went to a strip club and Josh was dressed completely ridiculously.
Josh interrupts to make a joke at Kevin. They’re going back and forth, but notice, how, coming
up, Kevin will not, actually, continue with the story until the attention is fully on
him, and he repeats himself several times to get the attention there. So, you see there, they’re telling this kind
of shared story where they ping pong back and forth cracking jokes. But when Kevin is
ready to continue with the story, he repeats what he was going to say three times before
the attention comes to him, and then, he starts. The key to this, which so many people miss
is not to get attention with your story. You get attention before your story and you don’t
proceed until you have it, otherwise it’s going to fall flat, or you’ll just wind up
trailing off. That is the first critical piece–getting attention. The second key is committing to your story.
And I see so many people start really well. They get attention, but then, they squander
it because they’re not committed to telling their story. They summarize it rather than
actually telling it, or their voice will trail off, giving people the impression that the
story kind of just doesn’t matter. I want you to contrast that with this next clip showing
what real commitment looks like in storytelling. Look how expressive his gestures are, how
locked in he is on George Lopez. Everything that he is sub-communicating is that his story
is good. And you also hear him putting on that Puff Daddy _ voice, which is another
part of committing to the story–playing the characters. And here’s what that looks like
at its best extreme. Now, that’s just one of Kevin’s different
characters, and he’s got tons of different gestures and voices for lots of different
characters. In fact, that’s where a whole lot of the comedy from his stand-up comes
in. That’s what keeps people hooked during his stories, and you can see how quickly he
switches between characters and how that creates moments of hilarity in this next clip. The nice thing about playing characters like that
is that they let you spice up the middle of your story, and you can make moments that
may not have been funny seemed totally hilarious just by playing up a character. That’s how
you learn to tell stories that are longer and longer, but, still, get people sucked
in, which brings me to my next point. In order to figure out what gets people sucked in, you have
to experiment. Now look at this interview from 2011. Now, check out this stand-up special just
a few years later. Kevin was working on a joke and developing it. He actually used it years later in a stand-up set. Now it’s not any secret that stand-up comedians workshop their material. They go to small clubs and test jokes just to see how they go over. The
reason that they are so hilarious is that when you actually go to see them, their entire
hour has been split test against crappy jokes. The only things that make it into that final hour are the funniest jokes and the best material possible. So, you can and sure do the same thing with
your stories. Now, obviously, you’re not going to clubs, but for instance, when something
gets a laugh, use it in multiple situations, right? And you can see Kevin Hart does the
same thing. Now this focusing on what actually works isn’t
something that you need to do at the end of a story. This is something that you can do
live. When you hit a beat that gets people in hysterics, keep going on it. Take a look at this clip. These are all from the same joke in that interview. More important, though, than simply getting
laughs is to actually be a scientist of that first thing that we talked about–attention.
Notice the parts when people gets sucked into the stories you tell. Notice how and why you
tend to lose people when you tell stories. And the next time you feel like you tell a
dud of a story, spend a minute, go back, and figure out exactly where you lost people.
If you do that, you will naturally start to cut the pieces that lose people and focus
on the good bits. So, I hope that that has been helpful. A big
thing that we talked about in this was commitment, so we’ve set up another video that has an
exercise to help you immediately get into that more expressive, enthusiastic state,
and it’s something that you can do in under a minute and it’s great for getting you into
the right mental frame, not just for a story, but for a presentation, an interview, a date,
basically, anything where you need to be on. So, if you want to see that video, go ahead
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100 thoughts on “Kevin Hart’s 3 Secrets To Hilarious Storytelling

  1. he reminds me of a black thug that was causing trouble in our school,, with teachers and staff! one day i beat the shit out of him three blocks away from school !b he never went back again ! the problem was he had his Crue and or hommies come after me That as well was no issue for me god bless america

  2. Hey Charlie and Ben (and anyone else on the charisma on command team!) I love your videos and watch them daily. Lately we've watched a couple of Kevin James comedies and there's something about him that is just so lovable and charming. Was wondering if you might consider a breakdown of him? Thanks for all you do!!

  3. Oh! You guys are actually using a black person! Good job! Lol The lack of diversity in your examples was beginning to bother me lol

  4. m me:FBI OPEN UP
    Kevin the cube: GET OUT OF MY ROOM IM PLAY ANIME
    Pewdiepie joins the chat
    (Donald trump joins the chat)
    (Donald trump leaves the chat)
    (Kevin hart joins the chat)
    (Kevin the cube has left the chat)
    Me: We got em…
    Pewdiepie: damn straight we did
    Kevin hart: So whats going on here?
    Pewdiepie Its meme review……… e:FBI OPEN U
    (Pewdiepie joins the chat
    (Donald trump joins the chat)
    (Donald trump leaves the chat)
    (Kevin hart joins the chat)
    (Kevin the cube has left the chat)
    Me: We got em…
    Pewdiepie: damn straight we did
    Kevin hart: so whats going on here
    Pewdiepie: GOD DAMN SHUT U KEVIN

  5. brilliant analysis and examples- thank you! Very enjoyable- to listen to and watch. Gotta love that Kevin Hart…

  6. He always manage to make me laugh and I also went to art college and studied arts and media2 years

  7. not an easy task for sure, what happens to me is that I am naturally funny in unexpected situations. I can't really plan on it, although I HAVE some jokes I use all the time

  8. These methods work. With Kevin Hart in these situations I think a couple things are overlooked though. First, he is a famous and funny person, and everyone naturally listens to those people, and people will many times even laugh if what he said isn't even funny or interesting. Second, he is a guest on a show, and as a guest everyone is already there to listen to you and it is the host's job to ask you questions that tee up moments like this.

  9. yeah, I can see how to work through people interrupting like Josh keeps doing.

    ps. I'm here because youtube recommended this.

  10. I like how much respect this channel has for each of these individuals. I think it's really cool to look at all of these various politicians and personalities and learn from them.
    Also, I'm learning a ton from this channel. This is perfect for those of us too messed up in kindergarten to actually do the social part.

  11. You know who else is a great story teller

    TOM HOLLAND 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  12. Yesss, get the attention regardless of haters whom get mad and tell you how you upstaged them, it’s the point to get the things across.

  13. I see a lot of men in your examples. Do these rules also apply to women, or should we try some other means of communication.

  14. 0:31
    Sometimes I do that on accident when trying to tell an inside joke to 1 person and end up being really awkward

  15. Dude, ur films r the best! And btw, I don't really know how I did it, but when I was telling almost anything important to me, I made sure that I have my listeners attention even as a kid! I wasn't really good at it back then, however I think ur channel and GoT helped me out developing myself as a charismatic person! Thank You for that, keep the good work man 😀
    Regards from Poland btw 😛

  16. im not even worried about grabbing attention but i like these videos SO mcuh because i guess i never understood how different conversations can unfold and ive never really thought of it. Love this channel keep posting plz

  17. "Nothing makes people sit up andpay attentionlike the sound of their own… name."
    Why do you keep leaving pauses before the last word of the… sentence? It does not make the sentence run any… smoother. In fact it makes it more difficult to follow what you are… saying. It is not a natrual way to …. speak. Why do you keep doing… it?

  18. Dang I was hoping to become a better comedian from this but I literally already do all of these things lol RIP. I feel like this is something anybody who tries to do comedy has learned just from trial and error. "tell stories that are funny" "don't tell a story if people aren't listening" "Dont tell your story weak or itll suck" seems more like common sense then deep insights lol but alas they can't all be winners

  19. How to be a shallow NPC with a lot of acquaintances ( just call them your friends and make yourself feel happyness )

  20. You should've just used examples from situations with more than only 2 people, cause its a whole different paradigm

  21. my family always gets bored when i try to tell a story. I have to fight them everytime in order to make them listen to me.

  22. i am a cyclist and encounter conflict often. If a driver or anyone on the street attacks me ( and it has happened often, without cause ) i notice everything. i do not react. i let them expend all the energy they have and eventually, i end up walking away. slowing your thinking down is of utmost importance. this will confuse the attacker, especially if you are small like me, and easy to beat up

    always stay calm and focused. usually, if someone throws a punch, they are not thinking when they aim. they are in a rage, and if you slow down you can avoid the hit. people who initiate a conflict already have expended energy and blocked their inner dialogue from moving. it gets stuck on one point. this is where you have the upper hand

    always be calm. you cannot hate someone else without hating yourself a little. Emotions are good, but ask yourself if yours are benefitting you or not.

    peace to all of you

  23. "Kevin Heart's 3 secrets to hilarious storytelling"…………………….told by someone else lol Why are you tell all his secrets, lol

  24. The best college lecturer I had was a history teacher who told the stories about history very much like this. Not as a comedy routine but as GOOD stories, ones you wanted to hear. Also as he was speaking he would walk around the classroom, get louder, get softer, get faster, and best of all throw your name out there as if he were only talking to you. That was an easy A because it was easy to remember what he taught you. You had enjoyed it.

  25. And if you tell a dud of a story… say “and then I found 20 dollars” and it instantly becomes a great story

  26. I hate when people say my name before they're about to Tell me something. It's like they're using a tactic to get my attention and I immediately find them insincere.

  27. I got a really Good story actually. Its kind of a thriller/ drama. Its a kind of all time low deals. Ethnic jokes are predicteble.

  28. things like
    "Now, i don't know about y'all BUT…." it draws their attention because they want to see if they can guess what youre going to say, then you go a different way
    "Let me tell you why this is *such a way(good, bad, interesting, ect. ect.)*…."
    "Let me let y'all in on a secret" this one draws their attention in because they think theyre going to receive useful info that no one else knows. then you shatter the assumption thats its useful with the irony that it is not
    "listen (i dont want to sound…, i know this may come as a shock…, i know this may not make sense, let me elaborate…)" its short, sweet, to the point and self explanatory

    Anything that makes them question WHAT youre about to say. its a hook. same premise as writing an essay but less formal.

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