Chris Rock is a genius.
And one of the people I look at in comedy that knows how to bridge real life with an ideal life.
He may not even understand it, but he has a superpower towards personal transformation.
As a performance coach with aspirations in comedy; I eat that shit up.
When you can perform in such a way that brings hard, relatable truth into the part of our psyche that causes you to laugh you are in such a narrow zone of genius that you become truly influential.
Take this quote from his most recent Netflix special, Tamborine.
He was discussing the failure of his marriage, his own infidelity, and where he faulted.
…by the way, this part of his special borderlines as a Tedx talk. Super insightful. More on that later.
“When guys cheat, we want something new.
But then your woman finds out, and now she’s new.
She’s never the same again.
So, now you got new, but you got bad new. You got bad fuckin’ new, man.”
As I watched that I was so inspired by what he just did.
Not addressing the fact that what he said is right, it’s more about HOW he did what he just did. He addressed the motivations of one of the most destructive behaviors men can do to blow up their life in such a way that you laughed as he said it.
From a scientific standpoint, he involved your body and your brain (via laughter) to help you identify a “why” as to your temptations related to infidelity and seeing a long time effect of that decision from a distance.
Lecturing the exact same words would not have had the same effect of ingraining a new truth into your brain as applicable knowledge.
Hearing them would have done almost nothing for you. That’s why there is a study that shows you only remember 20% of what you hear.
But with laughter?
Chris Rock effectively guided your belief system to intrinsically know upfront where you’re going if you were to choose that route of infidelity.
Or in other words, since you laughed at it you’re not only more likely to remember it, it will be a guiding principle in your future decision based on a deeper understanding of it.
Don’t agree? The brain science backs it up.
This is where I feel I have a massive competitive advantage in the coaching world. Most coaches view comedy and laughter as a luxury and something you engage in after you handle the serious stuff first.
I believe that handing the serious stuff WITH comedy makes the new mindsets and skillsets STICK.
I’ll be going further into this on the podcast this week. Make sure you subscribed so you don’t miss it.