GUYS IN COMEDY..
Everyone loves a good laugh and stand-up comedy is the one art form that seems to make even the gloomiest of days turn brighter.
We all need to laugh once in a while, but what about when you laugh your lungs out or laugh until your stomach hurts, is that still healthy. Yes, yes, yes, it is still healthy; it is said that laughter is the best medicine plus English Author, Peter Ustinov says comedy is just a funny way of being serious and we agree. Comedy is one way where everyday life struggles are made simply with a bit of humour, this is a platform where everything works as a topic and things said and not things that can be repeated out of the theatre club because they just might have dire consequences.
This week’s issue is all about the hilarious funny men who make us laugh when walk onto the stage. The stand-up comedians. First off, allow me to say that being a stand-up comedian is a very tough job. Standing in front of people is never easy, but standing in front of people who judge everything you say and expect to laugh every few seconds is much harder.
As a comedy fanatic, I find stand-up comedy fascinating. Going into this research I wanted to know more about the business especially about the comedians themselves. What motivates them to become comedians? Do they have unique personalities? Are they more intelligent than ordinary people? What are the daily lives of comedians like? Unfortunately, there are very few studies that have investigated the life of comedians, maybe because they are considered non-serious people to study. For some reason, there is much more research on other artistic and creative groups such as writers, poets, musicians, actors and dancers all very serious people.
SCENE met up with two of our very own stand up comedians who have been doing very well for themselves to discuss all things comedy. On pages 4-5 Mdura and Dr Shakes speak on their love for comedy, when it all started and how their family members reacted to them wanting to pursue comedy as a career. They share with us highlights in their careers as stand up comedians.
In this issue we also get to look back into the history of comedy so to understand how it got to where it is now and how it all started. The different comedic genres and the things you are never told about stand up comedy, so if you are looking to do comedy as a career choice, you better read on to page 2 and 3.
To all comedy lovers, enjoy and to all aspiring comedians, all the best. Until next time.