Even though this is an article about one way to beat writer’s block and/or artist’s block, I’m going to have to start by talking about nothing but stand-up comedy. As usual, there’s a good reason for this.
Although my experience with performing stand-up comedy is extremely limited, I certainly think that it’s one of the best types of comedy out there. Ok, some stand-up comics are a lot funnier than others and you’ll probably have to watch quite a bit of it before you learn which types of stand-up comedy works for you.
For example, I like comics such as Eddie Izzard and Bethany Black and I also certainly have a soft spot for unremittingly cynical American comics like Bill Hicks, Margaret Cho and George Carlin too.
On the other hand, you might prefer the mild-mannered and inoffensive comedic stylings of someone like Michael McIntryre (even though, in my opinion, he’s much better as a chat show host than he is as a stand-up comic). Different types of comedy work for different people.
Nonetheless, it’s important to find a type of stand-up comedy that “works” for you. Why? Because watching good stand-up comedy can be one of the best ways to get inspired again if you have writer’s block or artist’s block. Seriously, it’s one of the best types of “muse” that you can find.
You see, one of the wonderful things about stand-up comedy is that it forces you to use your imagination when you’re watching it.
After all, you’re doing nothing but watching a single person stand on a stage and talk about things – it’s up to you to imagine what they’re talking about. And, well, this is a great workout for the more visual parts of your imagination. Seriously, it’s like reading a novel on steroids.
Well, not literally….
Not only that, good stand-up comedy relies on imaginative descriptions in order to be funny. So, watching stand-up comedy can help you to learn how to describe things in a fresh, interesting and amusing way.
A good stand-up comic can make an ordinary thing sound hilarious with just a couple of words of description and – well – this is a skill that writers should certainly learn.
Another reason why stand-up comedy is such a great source of creative inspiration for artists and writers is because it forces us to see the world from a different perspective.
The secret to good stand-up comedy isn’t just well-written jokes, it’s the comic’s own personality and worldview. Usually, stand-up comics exaggerate their perspective on the world for comedic effect, but we still get a glimpse into someone else’s psyche.
And, well, this can be especially inspirational because it makes us think about how we see the world. It makes us compare our own perspective on the world to the stand-up comic’s perspective and, by doing this, we can learn more about ourselves.
This, of course, also means that we learn how to make our writing more unique and how to add more of our own personality to the things that we make.
Finally, and most importantly, stand-up comedy is a great remedy for writer’s block and artist’s block for the simple reason that it makes us happy. It makes us laugh.
Although creative blocks can sometimes appear due to a genuine lack of new ideas, they often tend to appear as a result of our emotions. After all, whilst it’s a popular misconception that artists and writers create their best stuff when they’re in a melancholic and miserable mood – this isn’t usually the case. In fact, these kinds of moods can make you completely lose interest in creating things.
So, one of the first things to do when you feel uninspired is to look at your own emotions. I can almost guarantee that they probably won’t be good ones. And, well, watching stand-up comedy can be one way to (at least temporarily) solve this problem.
Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂