With the increasing volume of problems and economic crunches bearing impact on a greater number of people worldwide, it is no wonder why there are more comedians rising up these days than there are dramatic actors and other kinds of entertainers.
People are recognizing the importance of having a good laugh amid the problems that hound them everyday. Thus, there are more and more entertainers who aim to get the attention of the entertainment market through becoming comedians.
Getting involved in comedy productions is really a tough task, especially nowadays when the audience is getting sick of the usual antics and slapstick comedy.
It is imperative for a comedian to have the genuine talent of cracking humor and of mastering comic timing in the execution of jokes and other comedy acts to be able to tickle the senses of audience.
When watching comedians at play on stage, in movies or in television, you might have the impression that becoming a comedian is relatively a lucrative form of earning, as it is very easy. Indeed, it is lucrative, but the assertion that it is easy is very much debatable.
Entertainment experts always emphasize that it is much easier to make audience cry than to make them have a really good laugh. Take note that comedians take more time in preparations compared to singers and dramatic actors.
If you are aspiring to take an entertainment career by becoming a comedian, you should know that you would have to first set goals and know about the business you are about to penetrate.
There is nothing better than being equipped and knowing the industry’s know-how’s before you aim to get into comedy. Remember, there are thousands of comedians who attempt to set careers in different comedy platforms, but only few really make it big.
It isn’t enough that you are confident and have the knack and interest in becoming a laugh catalyst. It would certainly help if you decide early what style of comedy you would employ and focus on.
To begin with, there are six basic styles of comedy. Most of them branched out from the early Greek theater. You will notice that each style has its own element and demands. These styles are the black comedy, satire, parody, adage, irony and alternative comedy.
How to decide which style is best for you
You should focus on one style of comedy, or integrate two or more, or all, when you prepare your script or antics for a comedy act. To be effective, take note of the demographics and general characteristics of your audience.
Be sure not to be offensive to some audiences. You could do so by avoiding sexist and anti-religion and cultural jokes. Have knowledge about the six comedy styles you could employ.
To use black comedy, you should have the guts to devise jokes involving tragedies and serious situations like war, sickness, plague, murder, suicides and others. There are several people, and some of them may unfortunately be among your audience, who find such antics distasteful and offensive.
Several comedians are making fun of President Bush, Bin Laden and other political figures. If you want to come up with similar antics, then you are getting into another style of comedy known as satire. Usually, satires not just ridicule political figures. They also invoke a political statement, usually disagreement with a political concept.
When the audiences are too technical, like engineers, doctors and scientists, you should pull out jokes that involve jargons and technicals involved in their professions. This style of comedy is referred to as adage. Because such comedy is not for general consumption, cracking them to a generalized audience would not be wise.
Parody is that popular comedy style when you want to make a spoof of a popular work of another artist. For example, the movie “Scary Movie” is a parody into several other Hollywood movies. This style of comedy is sure to make people laugh, but be sure the audience is familiar with the work you are making a spoof at, or they won’t appreciate your jokes.
Irony is one comedy style that needs a intensive script that should be religiously followed. In this style, the audience will laugh at a situation where the comedian plots an activity or end result but ends up having unplanned situations. TV Sitcoms are full of ironies.
If all else doesn’t work, your last resort would be alternative comedy. Alternative comedy relies on antics, slapsticks and many other physical and verbal tricks to tickle the audience.
Now that you know the basics, decide. Which style is best for you?