Linguists Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf theorised that the structure of the language we use greatly influences the way we think and behave. George Lakoff and Mark Johnson later developed this idea further, suggesting that the idioms that we use describe the metaphorical structure of our thought.
The world of stand-up comedy is rife with in-phrases and lingo, including such phrases as:
It’s clear to see that the common language of stand-up comedy is based around the metaphors of conflict and war. Comedians often say that performing feels like a life or death situation, and if you don’t kill then you will be killed. Going through that night after night can really take its toll, so unsurprisingly, comedians are often stressed out and unhealthy people.
Metaphors of Comedy is about aligning the way comedians think about their performances, to their natural behaviours from day to day life. This results in them being more comfortable onstage, and brings a deep level of coherency to their comedy performances.
Components of Metaphors of Comedy
Metaphors of Comedy is a body of work developed by Richard Lindesay, drawing upon his 20 years experience with psychology and change work, and his more recent experience as a professional standup comedian.
Metaphors of Comedy was influenced by the works of Andrew T Austin, Charles Faulkner, and George Lakoff.
Metaphors of Comedy Training
Richard Lindesay will be training in his Metaphors of Comedy approach in his upcoming “NLP in Comedy” event with the We are Funny Project, in Dalston, on March the 4th 2018. Booking information is at the following link:
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