The acceptance of laughter

At a young age I wanted to be a comedian for the same reason that I feel most people do: I realized that when I made people laugh, they weren’t laughing at me but, instead, they were laughing with me.

As the years went on, I practiced making people laugh.I got better at it and, as a result, I acquired more friends. With more friends, I became more confident and started doing other things I’d wanted to try such as Theatre, Dancing, and of course Improv. As an adult I often wonder if people really liked me or if they liked the clown that I had become in order to defend myself from the cruel reality of the world.

Whatever the case, it was those experiences that shaped me and eventually led me to ComedySportz. Many days I find it hard to get out of bed - but that’s changed with ComedySportz. ComedySportz, and improv in general, gave me a real outlet to just let loose all of the crazy energy that is pent up inside of me. Those days where I know that I get to perform, I hop out of bed with a smile on my face. I smile because I know I’ll get to hear the laughter of a crowd of Loyal Fans.

The laughter of an audience does so much for my mental state that it’s unreal. The laughter lifts me up and I’m filled with gratitude.

I believe that most comedy comes from a place of pain and hurt. Now that doesn’t mean that you have to suffer to be funny. If you’re hurting physically or mentally tell someone you trust, a doctor, a parent, a close friend, anyone.

If you’re reading this, whoever you are, know this: You are important. And part of what #everybodyplays at ComedySportz means just that: you are important. We say “I’ve got your back” to all our teammates just before we take the field for this exact reason. Improvisation, done well, is a team sport - and ComedySportz emphasizes that exact thing.

- written by Brandon Green

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