1. Set the mood. If the story involves a knife, whittle while telling it. An axe? Even better—time to sharpen the blade.
2. Stand across from the audience. The fire’s flickering light on your face will add drama.
3. Pace yourself. Don’t rush. Use long pauses for effect.
4. Act it out. Drag your “broken leg” across the ground. Turn your hand into a hook. Actions do speak louder than words.
5. Deliver the punchline with gusto: a slow lead up, a pause—and then let ’em have it.