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.