“When you start performing comedy, you start to laugh more. You stop to smell the roses, if only to make a joke about flowers. You meet other funny people who enrich your life and become your best friends. When you start performing comedy, you feel the power of pointing out your flaws to a room full of people who would never be as brave as you are. You realize there is more light in the world than you ever imagined. When you start performing comedy, you start to discover yourself.”
In 18 years of teaching Improv Comedy I have seen lives transformed.
I’ve seen ADHD kids, over active and bouncing off walls, find focus.
I’ve seen socially anxious kids discover themselves and their self confidence to conquer their world.
I’ve seen folks find their life partners.
I’ve seen actors find success in commercials and on TV thanks to the lessons Improv taught, focusing years of traditional theater training.
I’ve seen folks discover the humor in the worst situations, making coping and a future possible.
But most importantly I’ve seen thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands at this point) laugh, either in the audience or by my side on stage.
This has been my greatest gift to myself as an actor, director, teacher or producer. Surrounding myself with the gift of laughter from colleagues, students and audiences keeps me young at heart.
Need a few laughs, come see a show. But if you want to be surrounded by laughter, take a class, then go forth and make all around you laugh. Lead by example and the world gives back in chuckles.