Pulling the strings of laughter or finding the ticklish point

by Cendrine Belleux | 1 September 2014

it takes a lot of work to find the inner child in us

I’m very honoured to write about comedy in puppetry and shadow theatre. This article is not meant to be an in-depth analysis throughout history, but rather a scan of the right ingredients on how to operate comedy in puppetry. In order to share my experience of this fantastic world, I will first tell you how I discovered it.

After having spent my childhood in Switzerland, I could easily have chosen a down-to-earth profession. But instead of becoming a knowledgeable citizen and work for the chocolate or watch industry, I preferred to create a planet where chocolate watches were made to eat time bit by bit. As you can see, it all went wrong because of my highly active imagination. Indeed, my imagination was so strong that I started to sketch every day, to play with reality by distorting it and by creating new worlds. At the age of eight, I created a character that had the whole planet earth laid out on his hair. He could choose to enjoy any place he fancied at any moment: no need to get on a plane and travel for hours to reach his destination. I probably found reality a bit dull and craved a jollier and more entertaining place.

Then I realised that my drawings needed to overflow the paper: then it would become more real and more humorous. So the two dimensions encountered the three dimensions. I started to transform every small recycled object I could find around me. For example, I gave life to champagne corks and transformed them into citizens from all around the world.

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