Comedians have long been an incredible source of entertainment for the masses, no matter your sense of humor.
There are slapstick comedians, musical comedians, Christian comedians, those who specialize in dark humor – a little something for everyone.
As entertainment venues begin to book back up in this post-pandemic world, venture out to your nearest comedy club. Getting out to see a show is beneficial in so many ways.
It’s a Great Escape
To say the past two years have been hard on everyone is an enormous understatement.
Every day we are inundated with news articles, social media posts, and people chatting about the dire state of the world. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend an hour or two away from that and focus on something else entirely?
It’s bad form to have your phone out or make small talk during a comedian’s set, so a comedy show is a very tuned-in experience that lets you concentrate on that one person and the stories he or she is telling.
There’s a Heaping of Health Benefits
You’ve likely heard the phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine.” On a surface level we know laughing makes us feel better, but there are actual proven health benefits to getting a good chuckle in.
Laughing helps relieve stress. It increases oxygen flow, which alleviates muscle tension. It also lowers stress hormone levels, such as cortisol and epinephrine. In a 2008 study, the American Psychological Society found that the simple anticipation of laughter lowered levels of cortisol, epinephrine, and dopac.
It also reduces blood pressure. Laughing – particularly for a long period of time – increases your heart and respiratory rate, which is then followed by a significant decrease after the laughter has stopped, resulting in a drop in blood pressure.
Laughing is also a pain reliever, thanks to the ample amount of endorphins it releases.
A comedy show stimulates the brain, as it’s actually a complex activity. Watching a comedian can trigger your movement, cognition, and emotional perception, a layered neurological process that keeps the brain on its toes.
And, hey, if you’re looking for an easy way to burn calories, a comedy show is a safe bet. Studies have shown that 10 to 15 minutes of laughing can burn around 50 calories.
It Can Build Relationships
A night out is a great way to connect with friends, a new romantic interest, or a family member you don’t otherwise get to spend quality time with.
You might find a connection you have with a comedian’s bit is something your fellow show watcher shares, and it can become a point of conversation long after the show is over.
Dating can be awkward in the beginning, and a comedy show is a great way to break up that type of tension because someone else is doing the talking for you – all you have to do is sit back and laugh.
It’s also a good alternative to the bar scene if that’s something you aren’t into.
Each comedy show is a unique experience for the audience and becomes something exclusive you share with the people you’re there with.