In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 2: Be Aware of the Details, I asked you to play a game where you notice the details of all of things you take for granted. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 3: Investigate Things You Dislike, I’ll ask you to put yourself into situations you find deplorable to hone your negative opinions.
Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 3: Investigate Things You Dislike
Comedians’ jokes are based on telling the audience what’s wrong with the world. So, you need to get to know all the things you’d normally avoid. Know thy enemy. Everything you find upsetting is a potential premise for material. Instead of avoiding unpleasant situations, you need to actively seek them. Volunteer for jury duty. Help someone move. Dance alone in a plaza. Others don’t do what they don’t want to do. Choose to do.
Have you ever sat and talked with a homeless person?
To do this game, make a list of things you’d normally avoid, and then put yourself into these uncomfortable situations. For instance, if you normally watch the liberal news MSNBC, choose to watch the conservative Fox News, or visa versa. This will make you confront your values and why you have them. They’ll be reinforced or they’ll change because you’re getting new information from a different perspective.
In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 4: Know the Latest Trends, I’ll prescribe a game where you’ll notice the latest trends, so you can be ahead of the crowd.
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