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Continuing our change theme Logan Murray says we need to be prepared to play!


he one thing we can count on as inevitable as we roll around on this ball of earth

is that change is inevitable. Fashions change; hairstyles change (or in the case of 85 per cent of men, recede); mobile phones break more easily. In the blink of an eye (500

million years), the planet will be too hot for life. I’m not trying to depress you, although the thought puts property price anxieties into perspective. My point is nothing is constant – look at how the term ‘celebrity’ has morphed since 'Celebrity Big Brother' moved to Channel 5. But, let us not dwell on the negatives... we have the Daily Mail for that. As someone who teaches the art and craft of comedy, the comedian must expect the unexpected. In the larger picture, humans must try and be flexible in the face of new developments or be doomed to remain rigid thinkers and hit a wall (I'm

looking at you, Easter Island!). Someone,

much cleverer than I am, once suggested the main function of jokes is to offer a

new perspective on the world. It allows us to

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rehearse for new probabilities. Humour allows us to think outside the box. Tat means everything that is

worthwhile comes from a playful self. Every classic you were forced to read at school came out of play. Every film, every musical that you try to enjoy in the West End, every overpriced meal that offers disappointment and indigestion, everything you enjoy listening to came out of people mucking around. Nothing good has ever come

out of group think or committee. Tis is why, deep down, all right thinking people hate office parties, community theatre, Secret Santa and the Eurovision Song Contest. So it follows

change demands flexibility. Te playful self is also a flexible self. Te person who plays with ideas can often come up with new solutions. Te simplest joke has the effect of chang- ing someone’s mind – shocks the brain with a new idea. It liberates us from the tyranny of group think. Te person who can make others

laugh may seduce you into their point of view. Te person who frowns and shouts never will. Te person who cannot adapt will probably die alone, unloved with an iron spike through

Deep down, all right thinking people hate office parties, community theatre, Secret Santa and the Eurovision Song Contest

their heart at a crossroads (just to make sure they don't come back). Tis has been scientifically proven.1 Tat’s why I think it is vitally im-

portant that we all play. I’m not saying that there isn’t a place for planning – it probably played a small part in getting Apollo 11 to land on the Moon. Remember

that play will exercise all the creative muscles you need to get

out of a potential jam. And, if for some reason it doesn’t, at least you will have had a laugh along the way.

Logan Murray is a comedian, author and

award winning director. He has taught people how to unlock

their inner idiot all over the world. More information about him can be found at www.loganmurray. com or from his mother

References 1 Not really scientifically proven

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