The most common explanation for this is that it’s a way of getting into a character. It’s a way of showing you’re in character, and it’s a way of getting yourself excited.
I think what happens is that the performer is not necessarily thinking about the crowd, he’s thinking about himself. And if he grabs his crotch, it makes him feel more excited, and then that excitement transfers to the audience. So it becomes an unconscious thing.
A lot of times when people are performing on stage or acting, they’re not always aware of what they’re doing with their hands or their body language or whatever else. But it does help them get into character because if you’re standing there just talking, nobody cares about what you have to say unless you do something interesting with your hands or your body.”
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