Posts Tagged ‘stand-up comedy’

Treading the Fine Line of Comedy

January 6, 2020

 

Ricky Gervais is the talk of the town. Many loved his pointed barbs at Hollywood whilst others thought he came off as a mean-spirited jerk.

I guess that’s comedy for you.

Comedy is meant to be provocative and at its best can lead you to places where angels fear to tread.

This is the conundrum that I was faced with in writing “My Favourite Comedian”, a children’s book that focuses on comedy’s ability to help alleviate difficult challenges and relate to hard truths.

My book deals with themes such as body image, isolation, divorce and societal pressures and yet has laughs all the way through. The message being, that by seeing the funny side of difficult events in your life, you are able to manage them better.

Of course, the humour in my book is far less abrasive than Gervais’ style of stand-up but no less passionate.

I feel that children respond to this book because it isn’t afraid, to tell the truth, and comedy is my truth-telling device.

Here’s to truth and comedy!

 

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

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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