Comedy is a genre that’s tricky to pull off. Despite the fact that it looks easy, it really takes on acting to a whole new level. Contrary to other genres, comedy is something that goes beyond making use of real emotions to play a fictional character. It involves quick thinking, as well as great background knowledge about so many things. One of the stars known to be successful in this particular genre is Christian Capozzoli, who has starred in various films and has even written a book which serves as a crash-course to Improv Comedy, entitled: The Aerodynamics of Yes: The Improviser’s Manual.
What’s Wrong about Comedy Schools?
One of the negative traits attributed to comedy school is the fact that it tends to be monotonous when it comes to the way they teach comedy. This move tends to strip people off of their creative juices, as they are so adherent to just one type of teaching, one that they think is sure to deliver. The more people get exposed to this type of education, then the more common it becomes, and thus the impact of improv comedy, with its commonality and predictability can be drastically reduced. This makes the art a lot less appreciable and more predictable.
The Right way to teach comedy, according to Capozolli
The best teachers of Improv comedy are those who have immersed themselves in various cultures and types of comedy. Capozolli is proud to say that he has travelled the world to get inspiration from educators and comedians from various countries, incorporating knowledge obtained from various workshops and lessons from school to school. Having this huge amount of knowledge allows for a more “spheroidal” performance coming from every actor, and thus allowing for a more diverse, rather than monotonous type of comedy coming from the comedians and/or actors.