This topic has been touched on briefly in the past on this forum. Do you do any audience warm up games? On TV, any show that is taped in front of an audience utilizes this as standard practice. The 30-60 minutes before taping is extensive warming up. This way the audience is lively and active when the taping starts. People need to applaud loud, clap loud, cheer and boo loud. Without the warm ups, the audience will be dead. An entertainer does very well in doing some warm up games before starting the show. There are some great games listed here or you can Google "audience warm up games" and find some great sites on this topic.