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.

May
2012

There Are Many Places Where Standup Comedy Is Very Much In Demand

The best places where standup comedy is in demand are the bars and clubs where people congregate after work to unwind and relax. When the comedian is able to connect with the audience, the people will keep coming back for more and business will be good for the establishment and for you. It is highly rewarding financially and psychologically and that is why many people consider being a comedian as a career or on as an extra source of income. Oftentimes, young people who are in between job try their skills in comedy and eventually consider making a permanent career out of it.

Schools are often the first place where comedians are discovered. It may be out of sheer luck or out of curiosity when students who join acting clubs turns out to be good comedian at the same time. That is because comedy requires acting skills and when a person hits on the right blend of acting and comedy, he or she becomes a favorite for school programs and events and get discovered from there. While young people turn to comedy mostly as a lark, others do have extraordinary talents and is quickly spotted by the school officials and acting managers looking for fresh bloods.

Comedians and audiences in bars and clubs are often made up of young people with different experiences and views. In this type of crowd, the favorite types of jokes and comedy lines are often those that appeal to young minds. Actors, basketball icons, football players, golfers, athletes with extraordinary lifestyles and their blunders are the common topic of the jokes and the audience can easily relate with the person being parodied because they are a big fan of sports and movies. Even products, brands and advertising campaigns can bear the brunt of a comedians might. A case in point is the recent advertising campaign for No No Hair Removal which you may or maybe have seen. This involves an Asian chef and has been parodied for it’s treatment of race. You can read more about this in these no no hair removal reviews which explain more about this situation, what people are saying the fallout which has resulted. Sometimes, the comedian has not even delivered the punch line and already, everyone is breaking into a guffaw because they know what the comedian is going to say next.

Private parties such as corporate social events often hire a comedian to be part of the entertainment show. It is a time for top level executives and low level management staff to socialize with each other and have a few laughs. In annual corporate events or during Christmas parties, companies hire top caliber comedians to entertain the guests and the employees to break the ice and give everyone a good time. Singing, dancing and jokes are the best ingredients of any events like this and the bosses often take the punch in the joke good naturedly as part of the entertainment.

There are many places where comedy is highly in demand. It is a fun and entertaining activity and is very popular with any audience. If the performance is successful, it will leave an impact on the audience and they will always be looking forward to seeing you perform in another show or venue. In many places where there are social events, comedians are often hired especially when their kind of comedy is suited to the crowd in attendance. Even in a small locality, doing comedy can be a good source of income and a respectable career choice.