STOP, read THIS. Mancala Monk proudly presents it’s first ever Comedy Night on September 27th!
Yeaaahhhhhh we are.
Now read on as I tenuously attempt to tie Board Games and Stand Up Comedy together, like passing clouds. Beautiful, beautiful clouds.
But first the pertinent info, the need-to-knows, the deetz for the streetz. The show will start out monthly and will run on the last Wednesday of each month. It will start shortly after 10pm. No reservations, just show up. The cost is a $5 Cover, per person, or $2.50 if you have come earlier in the night to play Board Games and you have already paid a $5 Game Cover to the Café. The Comedy Cover, rather than the Game Cover, is going to the comedians.
I love Stand Up. More and more, over the years, I am drawn to it.
It’s entertainment, right? Totally. And that’s good. But like Board Games, I think there is more going on here than entertainment.
It’s entertainment plus; Entertainment plus experience plus cultural engagement plus art plus changing and learning – learning about ourselves, about others and what it means to be human. Stand up artists, good ones, are secular preachers, cultural commentators, guerrilla-gospel-slingers spreading the good news that life can be laughter and that we are in it together. They remind us not to take ourselves too seriously. They teach us to laugh, which is an important skill, and perhaps more importantly, to laugh at ourselves, to not cling to the need to appear flawless, to put to death our incessant need to pose and posture for the public. The comic adopts the stage and the mic, these tools we ascribe to the polished performer, the celebrity, the demigods of our culture - but then they subvert those expectations with self-examination and confession, and humor, and in so many ways it is the opposite of what we expect from the stage and the mic. Their honesty inspires our own honesty and their stories gives us a wall, off of which we are free to bounce our own thoughts about the human condition.
There doesn’t need to be a connection between Stand Up and Board Games for us to run a Comedy Night, but the connection seems clear enough to me. What I love about Stand Up is that you get all of this, while having fun.
What I love about board games is that you get all of this while having fun.
Learning, change, growth, connection, self-examination and improvement, all while having fun.
I have enough experience with and the study of pedagogy to know that there is a strong correlation between learning and enjoyment and that the best learning, change or transformation happens within the context of enjoyment. Not exclusively, but if you are trying to shape children, or teach lessons or communicate pretty much anything, the most effective way you can do that is to make that process engaging, stimulating and enjoyable. People learn and retain the most when they are enjoying the process, and the least when they are not.
It is sad to me that there aren’t more fantastic Stand Up artists, that there aren’t more fantastic Stand Up venues. It is sad to me that Stand Up artists often don’t get paid at all or they are terribly underpaid. So, Mancala Monk presents a humble offering, fairly compensated Comedians, a high quality show, a great venue, but we need your support and involvement to bring it to life and make it happen. Come on out and support this once-a-month Comedy Event and, most importantly, enjoy!