Saturday, May 06, 2006

Evil Laugh Tutorial

Several of you have written in asking for some tips on creating Evil Laughs for yourselves. As I spent some time writing up notes for you, I realized that it was just too difficult to do the subject justice with the written word. So, I have included some audio notes for your first lesson. Please listen attentively and then practice profusely:

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  1. Anonymous12:15 AM

    Jessica and I just listened to your audio tutorial on evil laughs and are now trying to perfect our own. Jess is having trouble with the continuous vowel change, and I can't decide between the "wa-ha..." and the "mu-aha..." that comes at the beginning.

    We both agree that you have the best evil laugh and submit to you our allegiance for world domination.

  2. THIS is truly revolutionary.

  3. Hmmmm. Jess, don't worry too much about the vowel changes. Usually having trouble in this area is evidence that either your evil plans are not-quite-evil-enough or that you are at an early stage of their implementation. Perhaps you should picture something in your head--for instance a prank against Steven and David--and try again.

    Michelle, I prefer the "mu-aha" myself, but have known many people to prefer the "wa-ha" or even "bwah-ha" prefix. And I think that the "wa-ha" could sound quite fetching when coming from a woman.

  4. wow, that's amazing! I think we need to work on our evil laughs more. we have an evil chuckle for when we need to be quiet, but i think a full out evil laugh is needed for when we get caught...

  5. As always, Matt, you inspire me. Since I can remember, I have wanted to have the appearance of evil without actually having to be evil. You have made this possible.
    I only wish I would have heard this tutorial a few hours earlier, so that I could have accopanied the torching of ants in my kitchen with an equally evil laugh. At least now I am prepared for next time. Words cannot express my gratitude.

  6. Anonymous4:58 PM

    I have always wondered how I can perfect my own evil laugh...I could never quite get it down. Thanks to you, now I realize that I have always neglected to emphasize the "yawn" effect of the evil laugh. I know now that it really does add a touch of vehemence to the laugh that can be utterly fetching. Thank you so much for enlightening us. I can't wait for the next tutorial. Good luck with your evil plots.

  7. Matt ...

    This evil laughter tip seems to be only tailored to men. I suggest you be more sensitive to our female counterparts and post something up for the evil women out there (I'm sure there are lots of them)

    Maybe K can help you with the recording, or even A or Z. That would be awesome!

    (glo suggests something like the wicked witch of the west)

  8. A good point, Ken. The technical turn for an evil woman's laugh is a "cackle."

    I've found that women that try the "muah-ha-hah" laugh are often referred to as "Cute but evil."

    I will see what I can do for all those evil women out there.

  9. Anonymous12:01 PM

    Actually, what I suggested was that a female "evil laugh" would be more like a cackle. You know, like the evil, psychotic laugh of the Wicked Witch in the land of Oz after she sends out the flying monkeys and threatens, "I'll get you my pretty!" Sends shivers up my spine!

  10. Anonymous12:02 PM

    Hahha, I wrote that before you wrote that.

  11. Very nice tutorial. I myself have always been partial to the "muhahahaha" approach. It seems that we both have a highly developed evil laugh. Now...what to do with it.

  12. This is a great lesson, and I've always held that you definitely have the best evil laugh. It made me laugh really hard to hear it. (Immune from growing up with it I guess.)

  13. Anonymous1:16 AM

    this is awesome!
    maybe you can get some special guests on your next broadcasts.
    i'd be curious to hear osama and hillary's rendition :p

  14. Anonymous4:06 AM

    wow. you really do sound evil.
    if and when your plan for world domination comes to fruition, i'd like to state for the record that i'm totally on your side. :)

  15. Mikalatos,

    Nice -- I agree with Herman in that I never considered the yawn technique before. Thanks.

    That said, I have to say that I'm not on the bandwagon yet. I'm not quite sure why. It might be that it was a little too Santa-Clause-esque for me.

    The biggest thing, however, is that you just didn't convince me. Sure, it could categorically be considered an evil laugh when one takes into account the sum of all the necessary parts (hollow sound, "mwahaha", etc), but I still didn't buy it. I wasn't scared, nor was I at any point afraid that you were up to something.

    May I suggest that the most necessary part of an evil laugh is motive... or maybe intent.

    Mere syllables with no impetus to evil behind them can't be an actual evil laugh. The opposite can also be true: one can have an evil laugh, yet not have any of the components of your evil laugh.

    For example, consider Eric's "weasel laugh" from Billy Madison. That was truly evil, yet it was from the throat, contained no "mwahaha," and wasn't in the least bit hollow.

    Just some thoughts...


  16. Anonymous9:53 AM

    Re the feminine variety: I have always been parital to the wicked witch laugh myself. I agree with glo that to be an effective evil crone, you need that high-pitched cackle. But even more essential is the evil eye, which I myself learned from watching Carol Burnett shows. The right eye opens wide, and the left squints Although that is more of an evil/crazed effect. It helps to have been a mom for 24 years - lots of practice.