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.

May
2012

Improve Your skills In Improvisational Comedy By Taking Lessons And Doing A Lot Of Practice

Life is a stage and every day we encounter both humor and drama as we go along with our daily activities. There are many instances that can serve as inspiration for improvisational comedy and if you are quick enough to pick up the idea, you can make a show out of it. That is how comedy started as a form of entertainment and eventually developed into a serious form of art. A good actor worth his salt will tell you that comedy is not that easy at all; it is as challenging as doing drama.   If you are aspiring to make a career out of comedy, you need to take lessons in acting and comedy schools to improve your skills in making people laugh.

The main goal of comedy is to be able to tickle the funny bone and make people laugh. It is a challenging job because not many people are prone to laugh easily. You have to learn the skills of breaking through the hard shell and getting them off guard so they will smile and laugh spontaneously. Timing is of the essence and it requires a lot of practice. You can polish up your jokes and your punch line in front of family members who are willing audience for your jokes until it becomes less corny and funnier.

Most of the time, jokes are more hilarious when accompanied by funny sounds and facial expressions. There are a lot of opportunities for you to practice your special sound effects or facial contortions alone in front of the bathroom mirror or while doing the household chores. Be sure other people inside the house know what you are up to otherwise they might think you are having a serious bout of “tic douloureux” and rush you to the hospital.

You can also get ideas from friends who share your love for comedy. You can spend the night out checking out comedy bars and clubs so you can pick up a few ideas and tricks from the performers. Improvisational comedy is very popular with young people and comedians usually pick up cues and suggestions from cooperative audience. It is spontaneous, natural and does not require scripts or prepared props to become funny. The dialogue springs from quick wit and an alert mind and that is why people are caught off guard and laugh without inhibitions.

You can also improve your performance by watching other people perform on stage, on television or the movie. Keep an eye on their body language and facial expressions and you will see just why they are so effective in being funny. Sometimes, a simple batting of the eyelashes or rolling of the eyes is enough to make you burst into laughter.

If you are serious in your desire to improve, read up on comedy or buy a good self-help book that contains tips and tricks for aspiring comedians. There are also websites that offer online classes for improvisational comedies where you can register and download the lessons immediately.