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Stand-Up Comedy and the Classroom

December 3, 2019

 

I’ve long been an ardent fan of stand-up comedians and their craft. I even wrote a children’s book about it.

What fascinates me about stand-up is that it provides a platform for taking something painful and extremely difficult and magically turns it into something entertaining, positive and relatable.

When do people get the chance to properly articulate the issues of their difficult childhoods, marriage breakdowns, bad career moves and parenting conundrums? You can try to open up at a party or at the office, but don’t expect a positive reception.

Unless you go to therapy, chances are, especially in today’s age, there isn’t a soul you can talk to outside of your family about issues that we all face such as rejection, disappointment and self-worth. We live in a shut-off society, where people let their issues fester or project them in negative ways such as trolling on social media or gossiping about others.

The classroom, like the stand-up stage, provides a unique opportunity for truthful conversation and genuine communal support. If done well, every child can go to school with the knowledge that their classroom is a safe space for sharing difficult experiences and gaining support from their peers. I have an initiative I call Classroom Conversation. It goes for about ten minutes and I provide a topic starter, such as Your Most Embarrassing Moment. It is a brilliant and non-threatening device for cultivating meaningful dialogue.

The stage is set. All you have to do is use it.

 

Michael Grossman is the author of the hilarious new children’s book, My Favourite Comedian. You can download a free ebook copy by clicking here or buy a copy by clicking on this link.


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