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Take a Comedy Class and Laugh a Little More Often

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By , December 25, 2013 12:57 am

The holidays are full of memories, merriment, and joyful times with family and friends. But after all the decorations are packed away and the last of the leftovers have been digested, lots of people feel a Christmas-shaped void in their lives.

Photo credit: Ed Schipul via Flickr

Photo credit: Ed Schipul via Flickr

Laughter is one of the very best ways to move from one phase to the next, and it truly is the best medicine you can find. Psychology Today magazine reported that the average four-year-old laughs 300 times a day, while the average adult chuckles only four times. If you’re not meeting your daily laugh quota, consider taking a comedy class to learn how to tickle your own funny bone and find more joy in your days.

At FunSherpa, we love to laugh, and we can set you up with creative comedy and improv classes to help you learn to laugh a little more often. Improv classes focus on basic stage skills, team building, trust, active listening, comedic timing, and building confidence.

Tips for Surviving Your First Improv Class

  1. Relax, be yourself, and don’t try to be funny
  2. Pay attention to your group and react to their word and movements
  3. Play to the exercise and follow the rules of the improv game
  4. Get to know your classmates on a personal level to feel more comfortable with them on stage
  5. Make time outside of class to practice improv
  6. “Yes and” is the #1 rule of improv; contribute to existing energy rather than creating your own
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Photo credit: Bob B. Brown via Flickr

Of course there are plenty of other types of comedy classes that you can take besides improv as well.  If you’re more interested in acting than improvising, you can take comedy-themed acting classes from a variety of theaters around the country. Comedic acting classes often focus on scene study, voiceover, speech, and dialects.

If you’re more interested in working behind the scenes, consider taking comedy writing courses from a local theater near you. Comedy writing coursework often revolves around humor writing for the Internet, stand-up comedy writing, storytelling, writing strong character roles. Almost all good comedy shows involve a musical component, so you can also take classes in musical comedy. Music improv fundamentals, guitar for improvisers, vocal basics, and comedic songwriting are popular musical courses at comedy theaters.

Once you familiarize yourself with the basics of comedic performance, you may even want to try your hand at directing and producing! Whether you’re interested in comedy as a distraction, a hobby, or even a career, it all starts with your first comedy class. Shake up your new year with some creative inspiration, renewed confidence, and lots of laughter along the way.

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