Our 20-30 minute “crash-course” comedies (Pirating 101, Knight School, Mountie Boot Camp) truly deliver more than laughs at corporate events. We were invited to perform Pirating 101 for People’s Drugmart at the Mariot Hotel on April 13th. Nick and I were psyched to do it because we had a couple of new components to the show that we’d been dying to show off -like the specially made costumes that instantly turn 2 audience volunteers into the masts, sail and crows nest of a pirate ship!
Not to mention the…actually, I don’t want to give away the new finale. We started the evening as we always do, with some high-energy fun at the entrance of the venue. Each group of guests get a fantastic pirate welcome, comedy banter and photo ops. It’s a great opportunity to set the mood for the evening and introduce that sense of play that will continue during the show. The People’s Drug mart guests were enthusiastic and delighted to see us. Photo ops, laughs and inevitable lists of pirate jokes ensued. From the moment the guests arrived, we were able to bond people together, give them a conversation point in common (us), and even introduce guests to each other who hadn’t met yet!
The show itself is such a blast. We divide the audience into two teams and, through a series of challenges, find out who would be the newest crew-members of the notorious pirate ship, The Black Hurl. There’s really something special that happens when you mix laughter, playfulness and competition. You can see it happen every time. Guests start leaning in to talk with each other excitedly and include more people in their communication. They strategize, start mixing into different table groups, and share a laugh with people they haven’t talked to all evening. They suddenly have a common goal, and so they suddenly feel they can take off the social masks and really show their colleagues a bit more of their real personalities.
And that’s the key isn’t it? When you leave an event like this, if you really feel you’ve gotten to know someone in a less superficial way -if you feel like you know who this person would be with their friends and family, that’s when trust really starts. That’s when friendship really happens. And that’s the definition of added value.
“The group LOVED the pirates. I’m so glad we went with them, and I’m very please with how it turned out. The group had a blast!”
—Darcy Freemantle, Marketing and Event Coordinator, People’s Drugmart