The craft of comedy
Our end product is a bellyache of a good time, but comedy takes hard work and dedication.
Laughing Matters does not employ a static training curriculum, but rather utilizes a dynamic lesson plan implemented in rehearsals by the chapter’s Managing Director and/or Executive Director. In cases where a majority of new members comprise an ensemble, the Managing Director may adopt a syllabus for instruction, whereby, defined learning objectives define lessons taught over the course of eight to ten weeks.
Rehearsals teach and develop fundamental competencies and skills, troubleshoot individual or group sticking points, and build the foundations for effective teamwork. Fundamental competencies include storytelling, character development, giving and receiving offers, finding the game in a scene, and mime. Key skills include listening, abstraction, co-creation, free association, and pattern recognition. Three periods typically constitute a rehearsal: (i) warm ups (ii) drills, exercises, and games, and (iii) cool-down.
Post-performance debriefings, known as Self-Diagnosis, allow performance volunteers to discuss and evaluate performances based on internal self and group critique, as well as audience and staff feedback. The outcome of these debriefings enables performance volunteers to continually refine and redefine best practices for the structure and content of the Laughing Matters show.