THE OPENER With all the negative talk of crime and recession in the news, it’s no surprise that more and more South Africans are turning to laughter to relax and unwind. And rightfully so, as SA’s humorists clearly have what it takes to captivate a crowd.
THE PUNCHLINE SA’s comedy market is still very much in its infancy, but with the launch of Parker’s Comedy and Jive at Montecasino, Johannesburg, the increase in the number of comedy festivals and the upsurge of rising talent, it’s clear that our country’s comedy scene is on the up and up.
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LEARNING TO LAUGH
Laughter is a part of life and can help you be healthier – here’s how to find the fun…
BY SONJA RAATH
Laughter really is the best medicine. It makes it easier to cope with the different challenges in life and it helps strengthen our immune systems. So diversify and try these laughter-triggers:
Simple and innovative, laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) provides a complete well-being workout. It’s based on the fact that the mind and body cannot differentiate between real or fake laughter. By self-triggering the sensation of laughter during exercise, laughter yoga gets your blood flowing and promotes a sense of contentment and comfort, thus giving you the same psychological and physiological benefits that come with spontaneous laughter. Laughter is evoked through eye-contact within a playful context. Group members sit down in silence for a few minutes and then release an outburst of fake laughter. The session ends with a meditation and slow breathing.
Laughing more at your workplace can result in a definite change in work ethic and drive. Laughter coaching is a diverse approach to addressing teambuilding and stress management in companies. According to Harvard Business Review, executives who laugh more, climb the corporate ladder more quickly, make more money and are more profitable to their companies.
Corporate laughter programmes upgrades staff and corporate performance in a fun and effective way. By reducing stress levels and teaching better ways to cope with stress, laughter coaching can boost the efficiency of all members of a corporation. For more information on laughter coaching for businesses, visit www.laughsa.com/laughter-coaching-south-africa-corporate.htm.
What better way to release your “happy hormones” than by visiting a comedy club?
JOHANNESBURG: The Real Joburg Theatre Comedy Festival is running at the Joburg Theatre from 04 March 2010. The likes of Marc Lottering, Barry Hilton and David Kau are just a few of the big names that’ll get you laughing. Tickets from R130 available at Computicket.
CAPE TOWN: 3 Wiser Men is a stage comedy by Mark Lottering, Riaad Moosa and Nik Rabinowitz at the Baxter theatre. The much-anticipated performance will run from until 09 January 2010. Tickets from R80 available at Computicket.
DURBAN: Fairy Follies is a comedy mime show on at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre from 04 to 06 December 2009. Tickets are R80 and available at Computicket.