Jun
2012

Improvisational Comedy Is Not Only Entertaining But Also Therapeutic

Want to find a show that will tickle your funny bone and make you laugh so hard it could make you burst at the seams? Try improvisational comedy that’s getting to be popular all over the clubs and bars. It is guaranteed to make you smile, snicker, giggle, laugh or guffaw like a cow until you cry. Comedy makes us laugh and when we are happy, we release a neurotransmitter called endorphin. This chemical substance is a natural pain reliever released by our body in response to emotional triggers and gives us a sense of well being as well as a natural “high”. The action is almost similar to the narcotic effects of morphine except that it is not addictive.

Improvisational comedy is spontaneous and does not have a definite structure or form. Comedians often take the cue from the reaction of the audience or their receptiveness to the idea. It is intended to tell something funny or amusing and is usually uninhibited using a lot of acting technique to inject humor and make light of a situation. It requires a lot of tricks and practice to be able to deliver the punch line at the most precise time by taking the audience in an emotional rollercoaster until it reaches the climax. That is the time you break the tether and they all drop down laughing.

Comedy is medicinal and is highly therapeutic. It can blow away the cobwebs in your mind and uplift your spirit when you are depressed or burdened with problems. Although it has never been solidly established as a special field in curative medicine, the effects of laughter on a person is immeasurable and people can attest that laughter is truly the best medicine. For this reason, comedy bars and stand-up comedy shows are doing brisk business everywhere and health gurus are holding laughter therapy to release the pent up emotions and tickle the ribs of the participants.

Comedy is very entertaining and healthy. It does not hurt anybody to take time out and enjoy a few laughs once in a while. It is very refreshing and people who frequent comedy bars will tell you that it really is amazing how good they feel after having a night out at the comedy bar.

Comedy shows can come in different forms. There are comedies intended for young audiences such as children and young adults during parties and special events such as school programs or campus fair where they hire clowns to perform and do improvisational comedy to entertain the people around. It fosters goodwill and improves socialization among the participants. Successful comedy shows are always a sell-out because people will always look forward to having a great time in a well orchestrated and produced comedy show. Some people even make it a career to work as comedians especially when they have a natural talent to talk and perform before an audience and make people laugh. It is an art that can be learned and practice and there are acting classes that have special lessons on improvisational comedy to teach actors the skills and techniques of doing comedy show.

Jun
2012

Comedy Provides Us with an Escape from Reality

What is a show without a stand-up comedy livening up the crowd with jokes and funny stories? Comedy shows are great curtain raisers and it certainly whets the appetite of the audience to expect more and more surprises. There are many kinds of comedies and each one is differentiated from the other by the choice of subject matter, the type of performer and the contextual form. Although the original aim of comedy is to inject humor or provoke laughter from the audience by talking about a topic in a farcical or satirical manner, some comedy may also contain political undertones and are highly dependent on the maturity and intelligence of the audiences to discern the content.

Comedies have been around for centuries and it grew out of people’s desire to bring entertainment and laughter into otherwise mundane situations. They are generally nice and clean fun but nowadays, most comedic humor has begun to develop political undertones and usually poke fun at popular or famous politicians and their misdeeds. A favorite subject of comedies for adult audiences usually contains a lot of bathroom humors and reflects the incongruity of ordinary life.

Presently, the favorite topics for comedies include terrorism and environmental issues. It simply reflect man’s natural tendency to use humor to trivialize and evade confronting the nagging issues of reality. In most improvisational comedy, the favorite topics are always the politicians and their blunders. Some comedies are told in good humor and the butt of the jokes sometime play along like a good sport. Fictitious characters or impersonations are an all time favorite and comedians love playing characters wearing outlandish clown costumes, brightly colored wigs, masks or moustache and other disguises. These types of comedy are highly popular among young children because they are attracted not only to the comic performance but they also enjoy the costume worn by the comedian.

Comedy has always been an effective escape from reality. It is one way to find relief when situations become overwhelming and depressing. That is the reason why people turn to entertainment as a form of relaxation and to use it as a temporary panacea to solve our problem. People use comedy as a vent for releasing pent up emotions such as when people break up a highly volatile confrontation by breaking into a joke. It can also be used as a tool for character assassination by disguising it as comedy. In authoritarian regimes, the content of comedy show is even thoroughly screened before allowing it to be performed to prevent counter propaganda against the government.

Unlike serious dramas or action packed filmed, comedy movies are well tolerated by people of all ages and are highly competitive with films of other genre. Male and female actors in comedy movies enjoy worldwide fan following and are well remembered by the characters they play such as Mr. Bean, Ace Ventura, Lucille Ball of “ I Love Lucy” fame and many more. It is truly amazing how many actors have shot into fame by portraying funny roles in the movie and many more are following in their footsteps in order to boost their acting career.

Jun
2012

There Are Many Local And International Competitions For Improvisational Comedy For You To Join

Comedy is not just for entertaining a handful of people. It is serious business and is regarded as an important segment of the entertainment industry. That is why actors who aspire to go far in his acting career often take classes in comedy in order to acquire the necessary skills and techniques to perform in a comedy role. Sometimes, they even participate in comedy competitions in order to gain experiences and climb up the ladder to bigger roles. Amateur comedians also walk the same road and earn professional status by gradually learning the ropes through comedy shows and competitions.

If you are aspiring to gain fame as a comedian, you can lay the groundwork for your career by joining comedy competitions held in bars and clubs locally. There are many bars that feature stand up comedians for entertainment. Comedians are crowd drawers and bars enjoy brisk business when people are having a good time. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement where the comedian gains exposure while the bar earns more income. Many comedians have sharpened their skills in comedy acts by performing in bars and nightclubs or joining local competitions and eventually moved on to greater things when spotted by talent scouts. It is the fastest way to break through the world of entertainment business.

Other aspiring comedians join national competitions to gain a wider reach. There are many international competitions with domestic franchises featuring up and coming comedians who aspire to enter the movie or television entertainment business. National competitions are especially challenging because you get to compete with other comedians who are as talented as you. It is therefore important to practice your craft constantly and to keep a close eye on new ideas and new tricks so that the audience will not be bored.

There are also international competitions for stand-up comedy. Every year, countries all over the world hold competitions to select performers who will represent the country in international comedy contests. It is a good chance to travel to a new place and also to meet other people engaged in the same line of business as you are. By interacting with these people, you will be able to pick up new ideas that you can modify and use in your performance or learn a few tricks from them. Some competitions also offer a handsome prize and it is more than enough to buy you a new lifestyle aside from the fame and glory it promises.

Entertainment is a highly competitive business and you have to be unique in order to get ahead of the others. Even old players have to undergo refreshers once in a while in order to keep up with the new trends otherwise, they will be swallowed up by the competition. That is why it is important to keep on practicing and learning because the art of comedy is very dynamic and vibrant. Every day, there are new ideas and new subjects for making fun of. Even serious topics can be made into a comedy if the performer is good enough.