In times of stress, uncertainty, and economic loss due to the pandemic, comedy can provide a crucial relief valve, but the world needs more than delightful distraction. Organizations—and their employees—have serious problems that require innovation, improvisation, and grit.
The masters of comedy, however, can do more than provide levity. Comedians thrive during turmoil. They have personalities and practices that turn tragedy into humor. Peter McGraw’s talk provides a one-two punch of levity and creative problem solving for a chaotic world.
- How Whitney Cummings and Richard Pryor’s authenticity is a necessary skill that leaders need when communicating during crisis.
- Why an opposing perspective is useful for comedy and for finding novel solutions to perplexing problems.
- How the improvisational rules of The Second City and Groundlings can be used to improve creative execution in a time when improvisation is suddenly mandatory.
- Why comedians who have never had an office exemplify how to be productive while working from home.