When people say to me “I don’t really like comedy”, after asking if they would like to come to a comedy night, I feel like asking them what planet they originally came from. How can you not like the concept of comedy? It is an event where someone is actively trying to make you laugh and well, laughing is fun!
Ok, so you might not ‘get’ or have the same sense of humour as one of the comics on the bill. However, there is usually more than one act so something is bound to tickle your fancy.
The UK comedy circuit, away from that shown on your television, is nurturing (or rather, terrifying into being good) the next Lee Evans or Mickey Flanagan of tomorrow. The only way they get good is by performing to an audience, there are no private rehearsals.
To me live comedy is the best type of comedy, shared with an audience of like minded humour seekers. Laughter in large groups is contagious and as it grows it wraps you in its arms like a big warm (friendly) bear, squeezing the stresses of your day away.
(Be like this man.)
All you have to do to make it work is to turn up and listen, and when you feel that warm tingling feeling in your belly (and if it’s definitely not the curry), let it out! So many people sit at comedy nights with their laughter seeping out the edges of their awkward smiles. Unsure of their laughter, containing their joy. I say cackle, burst and howl with laughter! The more you do the better you will feel, it’s as simple as that. If it’s funny, laugh, don’t just smile. Smiles are lovely but the currency of comedy is laughter, so the more you spend the more the comedian will provide. Obviously if they really aren’t funny don’t laugh, that’s just patronising and we already have enough delusional celebrities as it is…
Laughter is a medicine that beats a multitude of prescriptions and you can get your dose at many local pubs, bars and theatres. So support live comedy, support local venues and support laughter!