I'm currently working on and improving upon a comedy routine for my family show.
It involves a volunteer (I think a male volunteer works best) and a borrowed cell phone (seems everyone has one today). I thought that borrowing something as important and valuable (to most people) as a cell phone would really be an effective way to "engage" my audience.
I'm not going to include my entire comedy routine (because frankly, I'm paranoid about my stuff), but I will tell you that I have been borrowing a phone (with the audience member bringing it up on stage) and then, under the pretense of "improving the reception", apparently destroying it in something like a "Watch Grinder".
After much comedy by-play I offer a condolence prize (nest of boxes) and reproduce the borrowed and undamaged phone inside of the last box in the nest of boxes.
O.K, this is what I don't like: grinder is too gimmicky for my tastes. Anyone have any good ideas on a better, less gimmicky method to "destroy" a cell phone... along with a good REASON/COVER for the phones accidental (on purpose) "destruction".
(In other words, if it goes into a bag, WHY does it go into a bag? What is the excuse and cover for the destruction? Stuff like that...)
I also think the nest of boxes; consolation prize excuse could be better. Perhaps another type of production?
Any ideas would certainly be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,