7 Surprising Gifts From Performing Comedy on Stage
Throughout my career, it has been important for me to have fun at work. I had a long corporate career in advertising - a business that was super fun! The day was filled with witty one-liners, crazy antics and comebacks from a professional bunch that was fun, funny and fun-loving. On most days agency corridors, cubicles and conference rooms were filled with peals of laughter. Humour served as a balm and cushion in a high-pressure job.
As I was transitioning to leave corporate life and venture out to work on my own, I did miss the fun bunch at work. At the time, by chance I joined an IMPROV comedy class.
The class was fun yet challenging. Within weeks of training, we performed on stage to a live audience. It was frightening, exciting & fun. During rehearsals, I was barely able to recite a single line. Thanks to my comedy coach Divya Palat for her faith, confidence & amazing training I pulled off a good show. This gave me incredible confidence. Comedy helped bring the much-needed lightness to my career situation - as I worked to transition from corporate.
In the years ahead, I progressed from improvisational comedy to stand-up comedy. What started as a hobby led me to find my passion for public speaking. I performed professionally at numerous shows & open mics too. I performed several times on the coveted stage of the iconic NCPA Experimental Theatre. This was beyond a dream coming true for me.
Today is World Theatre Day. I’d love to celebrate the stage and comedy that took me there!
There are creative activities we indulge in for sheer joy. Some don’t need to become a wage-paying career. But they fill our souls. The joy & enthusiasm we experience spills over into our work. Performing comedy did just that for me.
There’s so much I gained from performing comedy besides a bunch of fun friends. I’m sharing 7 of these surprising gifts. Hope these inspire you to take up a creative activity outside of work.