Stories & Characters

Holiday Characters - The PERFORMER

The Godsend . The Performer . The Joker . The Martyr . The Sherpa . The Ligger . The Trojan . The Shirker . What's your type?

To help you form the perfect party and get a balance of personalities, we've drawn up a list of holiday archetypes. We've defined people by what they do or don't do. You may cringe at one or two and say hey, that's me. But secretly, we'd all like to know who and what we are. Don't worry, we're not about to subject you to Jungian psychoanalysis. For one, we're not qualified, and two, it's a bit deep for holidays. So, we promise to keep it light and have some fun. And if we strike a nerve, let's hope it's the funny bone.


 The Performer

Illustration by Paul Davis
A vital member of any group, he or she will lift spirits, start singsongs and create a good vibe among the crowd. Music is often the spark, but they may also dance, act juggle, or walk on their hands. Not all performers are show-offs. Some can be shy and need gentle encouragement or a big shove to get out their party piece. When several of these archetypes go away together, extraordinary things can happen, as many a circus can tell you. Local people take Performers to their hearts, as every square foot of this part of the world is a stage. Beware the fake Performer, who has a deluded view of their talent and can crack a gull's egg a mile away with their painful voice.

Know any Jokers?>

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