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.