Perception Of Comedy
Just a few years back especially in Africa, any child that makes the mistake of telling his or her parents he or she has chosen comedy as a profession can be rest assured of being taken to the nearest spiritual church for serious deliverance. And that might happen after the child must have been given what I choose to call “preliminary deliverance” by the parents. “Preliminary Deliverance” in most cases, consists of some good strokes of the cane or some other form of punitive measures such as “forced fasting sessions” meant to help clear your eyes of that devilish vision of yours. Same can be said for those aspiring to be footballers, singers, musicians and so on. Parents would always shout at you telling you to go and read your books and ensure that you pass your examinations and come out with a first class degree in whatever specialty you are studying in.
However these days, the opposite seems to be the case. It is not uncommon to have your parents tell you stuff like “Look at you! With all your degrees, you can’t even afford to look after yourself not to talk of looking after us.” Look at Mr. So and So is son who is just a comedian and yet he has just finished building mansion for his parents and even bought an SUV for them not to talk of his own properties. Are we going to eat degrees in this house? Can’t you also try out being a comedian or whatever else?
Present State Of The Comedy Industry
It is not a secret these days that comedians earn good money doing what they like doing best. That is not only in Europe and America, but now also in Africa. This profession has become a very profitable one to the extent that there are very few social events that do not incorporate comedians as part of the program for the occasion. Comedy has therefore become a popular profession and provides a lot of people their daily bread.
The question however is this: “How do you become a comedian since this is one of those professions that are not taught in any of our conventional institutions of learning?” How does an interested person become a Comedian? While some lucky people are born comedians, others just have to learn the art somehow. Those who are not gifted in this direction but wish to become comedians do so mainly because they see it as a source of employment and of making some money. This category of people will have to learn the trade in order to be able to practice it successfully. Difficult as that seems, it is not impossible once one is really interested as can be seen from a few comedians who started weakly but gradually developed their skills with time. How did they do that?
How To Train Yourself To Become A Comedian
There are a few ways of learning how to become a comedian.
People who tell jokes can make a crowd laugh for a while but lose the attention of same crowd very quickly when they do so too often or tell same types of jokes. However, a person who is good at telling stories can hold his or her audience spell-bound for quite some time as long as the story has funny elements well embedded in it. Materials for such stories abound all around us in our daily interactions with people.
Observe Anomalies Around You:
A very observant person will be able to take note of the abnormalities that exist in his or her environment and use that in entertaining people. This can involve using absurd situations in a creative way to entertain people and bringing out the positives of a bad situation. A good example of that is the saying that “but for Noah’s carelessness, we would not have been having mosquitoes and Malaria today. All he needed to have done is to ensure there were no mosquitoes in the Ark.”
This act is usually seen in kids in class who are used to imitating and making fun of their teachers behind their backs. Imitation of certain acts on a regular basis can make one to actually become good at such things. It is therefore logical that those who imitate comedians especially at an early age eventually end up as comedians themselves.
Be Unique As Much As Possible:
Some people erroneously think they have to act in a particular way or like a particular popular comedian in order to be accepted by the audience. Nothing can be further than the truth. You are better off remaining yourself and developing your own style. Most audiences respect and appreciate originality. Like your stories or jokes, you need to be seen as being original.
I am sure there are a few other ways of training yourself to become a comedian but the ones mentioned above are those that readily come to mind when considering this topic. Anyone who is able to combine these four hints can surely be rest assured that he or she is on the way to becoming that next super comedian on the block.