Entertaining is a broad form of social activity which holds the interest and attention of an audience. Generally, it can be a job or an idea, but often is more often than not one of those tasks or events which have developed over centuries specifically for the sole purpose of holding an audience’s attention. A simple search on the Internet will quickly reveal that entertainment can take many forms and that it can also be a difficult task to keep audiences entertained over a long period of time. For this reason, many people find themselves turning to comedians to provide them with what they are looking for and help them get the laugh that has always been missing from their life. For those who are interested in learning more about this profession, the following paragraphs offer a look at the different aspects involved.
Entertainers tend to fall into one of several categories depending on whether they are performing in a live entertainment setting or in a theatrical production. Live entertainers generally work with a cast and orchestra to theatre entertainers operate with a cast as well as a cast and orchestra. The differences between these two forms of live entertainment are obvious in the kind of material that is used and the overall purpose of the entertainment. For example, theatre entertainment is primarily used to entertain an audience while live entertainment is often used to promote a product or express an opinion. Professional comedians and musicians tend to fall into the category of professional entertainers while amateurs may be considered part of the mass media entertainment industry.
The main difference between the live entertainment arena and the performance art arena is that the former tends to focus more on creating a connection with an audience while the latter tends to create an effect in an entirely different manner. For example, a play is an extremely structured form of entertainment whereas a musical theatre production will often times be highly improvisational and one that is highly subjective to its viewers. This is not to say that there are no similarities between the two but the overall goal of each form of entertainment is very different.
Professional live entertainment venues like circuses and amusement parks have been shown to be effective ways for promoting and marketing a business or promotional event. While some businesses tend to see the success of a musical theatre production as being similar to their own success in advertising and promoting, it is important to note that this type of entertainment is often targeted at a specific audience. An amusement park will appeal to a broad range of individuals rather than specific demographics. The structure and presentation of each show can often be highly influenced by the theme of the particular day of the event. From shows that focus on fairy tales and children to shows focusing on adult themes, almost every imaginable theme has been used to create successful live entertainment sets.
The major difference between this type of live entertainment and performance art is that the former often seeks to create an emotional reaction amongst its audience as well as attracting them towards particular products or companies. Live entertainment venues are often used to promote specific events or attractions within the area. For example, a popular attraction in many cities may be a roller coaster or water slide. When a set of roller coasters or water slides is placed in proximity of the park entrance many people walking into the park will be tempted to hop on or take a ride. Once they have the opportunity to try the attraction they will likely become repeat visitors.
Performance art is often used in conjunction with the entertainment industry. In recent years, theatre performances by contemporary artists of all types have been used as entertainment in places such as museums, restaurants and even street corners. The structure and design of these shows often reflect the theme of the institution where it is being put on but there are also many options available to the artist. From playing interactive theatre pieces to performing actual dance pieces the artist has the chance to show off his or her work and to find an audience. While this type of entertainment may not necessarily appeal to all age groups, there are many adults who appreciate the unique and challenging way that these artistic pieces make their audience’s experience.