13 August 2012

Improv Cage Match: Get in Training to Laugh

By Greg Ellis

Being part of the audience for Improv Cage Match is a brutal experience. You never know when the laughter is going to hit you but it will – fast and hard. You need to be in tip top physical shape to make it through a gruelling night of comedy and come out unscathed. So here’s some simple training tips that you can use to get yourself ready for the season:

Laughing the wrong way can cause serious damage: split sides, wet pants, bruised funny bones – so it's best to start your laughter training now. Start slow with some gentle laughter and build up to the real thing. Watch one of those funny commercial shows to start with barely any laughter at all, work your way up through an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond and slowly build up your exposure to funny material until you are genuinely laughing. When you’re at that point its time for endurance. Start with a single belly laugh and gradually increase the reps until you can laugh with uncontrolled abandon for up to 5 minutes at a time. Remember to breathe through the laugh – don’t suffocate yourself.

Now you’re ready to go. Make sure you ARE prepared. The performers are putting their dignity on the line. Don’t risk yours!

Improv Cage Match opens on 19 August and runs every Sunday at 7.30pm until 7 October. To book, call the Circa Box Office on 801-7992 or go online www.circa.co.nz.

No comments:

Post a Comment