If you are an amateur comedian, you may know little about the origins of standup comedy and how it has evolved over the years. Watching a documentary can help.
Here are a few benefits that a budding comedian could receive from watching a standup comedy documentary.
They Can Learn New Jokes
Jokes and funny stories are often recycled in comedy. Thus, by viewing a documentary about standup comedians, a young comedic entertainer can gather ideas that appear fresh and innovative to today's audience.
A comedian may find it difficult to borrow jokes from current peers. If two modern comedians share similar audiences, the shared comedic lines may appear stale and distasteful to the listeners.
They Can Pick Up Funny Movements and Mannerisms
Some of the funniest comedians are entertaining because of the hilarious faces that they make and the odd ways that they move or contort their bodies. Years ago, comedians who walked in a funny manner or stretched their eyes wide as they told a joke would garner the laughter of their audiences. Many of these tactics still work.
By taking a look at documented standup shows, a young comedian is likely to identify with one or more of the comedians listed. Although they would probably not emulate all of the person's movements. They may be able to pick up some ideas to help make their act even more entertaining.
They Can Get Funny Clothing Ideas
Clothing styles are often cyclic. Many of today's fashions were in style long ago and have resurfaced. Likewise, past comedic clothing styles may still be relevant. Funny stylings, such as the pairing of colors and fabrics that don't appear to match, may still amuse audiences.
By reviewing some of the dress styles of past comedians, new entertainers may find ideas for their onstage dress.
They Can Learn How to Captivate Audiences
Successful comedians of the past often had a way of captivating audiences and holding their attention throughout their show. Although some of the comedic content of today has changed, the finesse that is needed to keep the audience interested remains pertinent.
A documentary gives a young comedian the opportunity to study the presentation style and confidence of past comedians. As the newer artist compares their own style, they may be able to make adjustments to improve the flow of their presentation and increase the entertainment value of their shows.
To view a list of available standup comedy documentaries, consult with an entertainment company, such as Cross Cultural Entertainment, in your local area.