LEGENDS OF COMEDY
* In this workshop we will discuss the life and work of four legends of comedy: Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey and Robin Williams. Let's learn the secrets to their comedy genius and discover what makes them tick!
A comedian is a strange, quirky and fascinating creature. Intelligent, curious, rebellious are words that come to mind. Good comedians reinvent the rules. The great comedians ignore them completely. They simply see the world differently - often finding humour in places most of us would never think to look. Yes comedians make us laugh, but the true legends of comedy also make us stop and think! In this workshop we will discuss the life and work of four legends of comedy: Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. Why four middle-aged white men?! Because women just aren’t that funny! (Sorry…. that was a really bad attempt at a joke). No, seriously there is no good reason why we are only looking at comedians only from this very narrow category. But this is only ‘Part 1’ of the ‘Legends of Comedy’ workshop series. Next time I promise to mix it up a bit. Now let's discuss some comedy genius and discover what makes these funny people tick!
Jerome Allen “Jerry” Seinfeld is an American comedian best known for portraying a semi-fictional version of himself in the sitcom that was named after him. Seinfeld was the most popular comedy show in the 90s and is often described as “a show about nothing” with Jerry Seinfeld sitting around eating cereal and commenting on the trivial things we experience in our daily lives. Not that I would know anything about this, as I was born in 1985 and grew up in Britain without satellite TV and therefore was oblivious to the existence of Seinfeld. I first became a fan of Jerry Seinfeld a couple of years ago after watching an interview of him talking about meditation. In this interview, Jerry talks about how he has been practiing meditation for the last 40 years and in his unique, funny way explains the many benefits TM (Transcendental Meditation) has had on his life.
GET PAID TO MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH
Jerry was born in Brooklyn New York in 1954. His parents descended from Jewish immigrants originating from the Ukraine and Syria. Seinfeld started his comedy stand up career doing ‘open mike nights’ and became known for specializing in observational humour, often focusing on personal relationships and uncomfortable social obligations. Although Seinfeld still earns most of his money from his 90s sitcom, he continues to work hard and amazingly, even in 2015, he was ranked as the highest paid comedian in the world by Forbes magazine. His current net worth is estimated to be $820 million dollars.
COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE
Despite being over 60 years old and a father to three young children, Jerry is keeping busy with his current series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. This show, like the title suggests, is about comedians, normally friends of Jerry, who he invites to go out to get coffee. For each episode he hires a different classic car, attempting to match the personality of the car to the comedian he is picking up. Jerry said he wanted to bring together three of his biggest passions, comedians, cars and coffee! (Jerry owns a very large car collection - at one point it was reported he had 46 Porsches). Each show typically lasts 15-20 minutes and can be watched online for free.
I love watching this show not only because......
*** THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE LEGENDS OF COMEDY WORKSHOP! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THIS CONVERSATION WORKSHOP IN FULL, WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A FRIENDLY GROUP OF PEOPLE, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE.
The rest of this workshop will discuss...
- RICKY GERVAIS
- THE OFFICE
- LATE START
- COMEDY & ATHEISM
- ROBIN WILLIAMS
- MOST LIKELY NOT TO SUCCEED
- PETER PAN
- FROM ANOTHER WORLD
- LIFE & VIDEO GAMES
- CHEAPER THAN THERAPY
- JIM CARREY
- HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
- HEALTH & HAPPINESS
If you could go for a coffee with any comedian who would it be?
Please let us know by leaving a response in the comment section below.
- quirky: (adjective) [Portuguese: peculiar] – characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits.
- creature: (noun) [Portuguese: criatura] - an animal, as distinct from a human being.
- rebellious: (adjective) [Portuguese: Rebelde] - showing a desire to resist authority, control, or convention.
- narrow: (adjective) [Portuguese: estreito] - of small width
- to mix it up a bit: (expression) [Portuguese: para misturar um pouco] – make changes
- what makes him tick: (expression) [Portuguese: o que o motiva]
- taboo: (noun) [Portuguese: tabu] - a social or religious custom prohibiting or forbidding discussion of a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing.
- to cringe: (verb) [Portuguese: estremecer] - bend one's head and body in fear or in a servile manner.
- insult: (noun) [Portuguese: insulto] - a disrespectful or scornfully abusive remark or action.
- shot to fame: (expression) [Portuguese: se-tornar famoso de repente] – when a person suddenly becomes famous.
- mockumentary: (noun) - a motion picture or television program that takes the form of a serious documentary in order to satirize its subject.
- sitcom: (noun) [Portuguese: comédia] - a situation comedy.
- Slough: (noun) – is a town in England near London where nothing interesting happens. Also, Slough means ‘swamp’ and ‘a situation characterized by lack of progress or activity’.
- branch: (noun) [Portuguese: filial] - a company controlled by a holding company.
- rude: (noun) [Portuguese: grosseiro] - offensively impolite or ill-mannered.
- selfish: (adjective) [Portuguese: egoísta] - lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure.
- to portray: (verb) [Portuguese: retratar] - depict (someone or something) in a work of art or literature.
- obnoxious: (adjective) [Portuguese: obnóxio] - extremely unpleasant.
- patronising: (noun) [Portuguese: paternalista] - treat with an apparent kindness that betrays a feeling of superiority.
- character: (noun) [Portuguese: personagem] - a person in a novel, play, or movie.
- irony: (noun) [Portuguese: ironia] - the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
- host: (noun) [Portuguese: anfitrião] - a person who receives or entertains other people as guests.
- atheist: (noun) [Portuguese: ateu] - a person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods.
- patron: (noun) [Portuguese: patrono] - a person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, cause, or activity.
- secular state: (noun) [Portuguese: Estado secular] – is the separation of the government and religion in a country, for example when making laws.
- absurdity: (noun) [Portuguese: absurdo] - the quality or state of being ridiculous or wildly unreasonable.
- net worth: (noun) [Portuguese: patrimônio líquido] – a measure of how much a person or business is worth.
- fashion: (noun) [Portuguese: moda] - a popular trend, especially in styles of dress and ornament or manners of behaviour.
- cut-throat: (adjective) [Portuguese: feroz] - (of a competitive situation or activity) fierce and intense: involving the use of ruthless measures.
- wise: (adjective) [Portuguese: sábio] - having or showing experience, knowledge, and good judgment.
- kind-hearted: (adjective) [Portuguese: bondoso] - having a kind and sympathetic nature.
- to reassure: (verb) [Portuguese: tranqüilizar] - say or do something to remove the doubts and fears of someone.
- toilet seat: (noun) [Portuguese: assento da privada]
- pent up: (adjective) [Portuguese: reprimida] - closely confined or held back.
- dementia: (noun) [Portuguese: demência] - a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.
- slapstick: (noun) [Portuguese: arlequinada] - comedy based on deliberately clumsy actions and humorously embarrassing events.
- parody: (noun) [Portuguese: paródia] - an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.
- pro-gun advocate: (noun) [Portuguese: advogado pró-arma] – Someone in favour of legalizing guns.
- Humanism: is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over acceptance of dogma or superstition.
- Transcendental Meditation: a technique for detaching oneself from anxiety and promoting harmony and self-realization by meditation, repetition of a mantra, and other yogic practices, promulgated by an international organization founded by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
- Open Mike Night: is a live show where the audience is welcome to get on the stage and perform.
- Episcopal Church: is the United States-based member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
- The law of attraction: is the name given to the maxim "like attracts like" which in New Thought philosophy is used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.
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