We’ve all heard the saying laughter is the best medicine. While it may sound cliche, it truly is powerful, which is why hiring a comedian for your party is a great way to ensure everyone is having a good time, and that the celebration is a memorable one. There’s even been some scientific research that reveals comedy can make the world a better place, as The Guardian reported in 2014.
The question isn’t whether to hire a comedian for your party, but what type? There are lots of different comedic genres – these are some of the most common to help you choose the right fit.
Comedians who focus on dark comedy, sometimes referred to as black humor or black comedy, refer to a style that makes light of subject matter that’s typically considered taboo. They often choose topics that are serious and meant to provide deep thought as well as amusement. It may include violence, death, disease, discrimination, or grotesque themes. Some examples include the Coen brothers, Richard Prior, Denis Leary, and Dave Chapelle. Hiring a dark comic for your party is usually best if you know that your guests appreciate that type of comedy.
If you’re looking for 100% clean material presented to Christian guests, searching for one of the top Christian comedians is what you’ll want to do. While Christian comedy is often used as a way to entice people into church, it’s a great way to liven up a party among Christian friends, co-workers, churchgoers, and more. Comedian, show creator, and host Robfee is one, and even some very well known comedic actors have performed Christian comedy like Sinbad and Patricia Heaton.
This style of comedy refers to comedians who often tell personal stories that may be partly true but embellished, or actually true. Depending on the material, they can be great for inspiring an audience, such as Trevor Noah, whose parents’ interracial relationship was illegal at the time of his birth under apartheid law in South Africa. Of course, they can provide lots of laughs to your audience – parents can especially relate to comics like Jim Gaffigan, who often talks about fatherhood, as the father of five children. Some other examples include Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, and Norm Macdonald.
These comedians rarely plan out their routines. Instead, it’s all improvised. Have you ever watched “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” If you hire an improv comic, your guests may even be able to join in, making it a great way to get everyone involved and engaged at your party. Examples include the “Whose Line” stars like Drew Carey, Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles, as well as comedians featured on “Saturday Night Live” like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon, to name a few. The late Robin Williams was a master at improv.