Confessions of a Comedy-holic

Confessions of a Comedy-holic is a weekly blog series that features life on stage at the Dallas Comedy House (DCH). We will start with: Family Comedy. Family Friendly Comedy Show

Do you have kids? If you don’t, then you should stop reading this, and go make some right now. Why? So that you could bring them to see the Family Friendly Comedy Show at DCH when they grow up. Haha, it was a joke. Don’t do it, unless you are married and your spouse is OK with it.

But seriously, have you thought of it before, that improv comedy is not just for adults? And that the Family Friendly Comedy Show is another great venue that you could bring your kids to to have some fun? This blog is not an advertisement for DCH by the way (joking again). Should I say world-famous Dallas Comedy House? I guess I should.

Believe it or not, until just recently, I had no idea that it has kids’ shows there. You see, I've always loved comedy and visited different comedy theatres in Dallas before. The biggest issue I personally always had, though, is with too much inappropriate language, etc. being used on stage. Other words, stage comedy is not something that I would think of bringing my child to watch.

Well, up until a few months ago. The first time I went to see a Family Friendly Comedy Show here as a part of my learning program I was astounded and surprised at the same time. The big theatre was full of kids. The performance was fuuunnyyy. The audience was engaged. Some kids went to perform on stage alone with the actors. Everyone had fun. I found myself laughing the entire time. Aww!

family friendlyI had to see if it’s always like this. I went to see it again the next week. This time, with my 11-year-old. Guess what? It was the same picture. The big theatre was full of kids. The performance was fuuunnyyy. The audience was engaged. Some kids performed on stage alone with the actors. Everyone had fun. I found myself laughing the entire time. Aww!

And my daughter? She had a great time, too! We decided we should invite some of her friends, just to make sure it is going to be fun again…well you’ve got the picture… :).

I could get into “deeper analyses” and start telling you what exactly was happening on the stage, etc., but why? Family comedy is supposed to be fun for kids. And it does just that: it fulfills its purpose. So why don’t you just come over and see it for yourself? You might just have a good time!

If your kids are now grown, just bring you grand-kids to watch the show. If you don’t have kids yet, bring your siblings’ kids…(make sure that their parents are OK with it first and know where you are going, of course). They have drinks and snacks on the menu at DCH, if you feel like grabbing a bite. Share some fun, and have some fun yourself. We might not be able to become kids ever again, but we can sure let ourselves feel like kids once in a while.

The Family Friendly Comedy Show happens every Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Comedy House.

Iryna Spitzer is a writer and improviser. She is currently at Level 2 at DCH. Besides comedy, she likes drama (to balance it out), flowers, children, animals, and world peace.  

(Top image: A drawing from Iryna's daughter)