Friday, December 3, 2010

Twenty Questions: That's Just Not Funny!

A person who wishes to remain anonymous sent in the question: Have you ever thought of doing stand-up comedy?

The answer is, firmly, NO!!

It's not that I don't think I'm funny. On occasion, I'm actually pretty pleased with some of the humorous stuff I pull out of my magic hat - I have a good eye for quirky (the bad eye I use for staring down obstreperous children at the grocery store). It's not that I fear being on stage - been there, done that, didn't get a t-shirt, a plastic dashboard Jesus, or a free Happy Meal even.

Stand-up comedy is just something I'm completely uninterested in doing. I have no desire to stand in front of a group of strangers and fillet myself via my sense of humor and desperately hope that somehow they get it. Get me around a campfire and feed me some tequila and we're good to go. Sit back and enjoy the show.

Because, people either get me... or they don't. There doesn't seem to be a lot of gray area to swim in.

I'd love to write comedy. I think it would be great fun to develop a script for a show. I would even love to act in a comedy. I love to make funny art, and sometimes it's only funny to me. For example, I once did a self-portrait with a "poison" label slapped across my forehead. I showed it to several people and one friend, with a very concerned look on her face, asked, "Do you really think what's in your mind is poison?" And suddenly I felt as though I should be lying on a green couch, holding a box of tissues, and crying over the fate of baby harp seals, spotted owls, having ever had to wear a slip, and my certainty that the Catholic church loads those incense dealies with some lousy low-grade pot.

Of course I don't think my mind is poison! Toxic, sure. Poison, no.

Stand-up? Nuh uh. Not even if I get to sit down for it. But thanks for the compliment...

... I'm here all week.

3 comments:

  1. Now you made me want to go and be a Catholic. This post his HILARIOUS!!

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  2. I tried to post from my Blackberry but it didn't work. I will try to duplicate my response.

    I think it's one thing to be able to come up with an act that is funny on stage, but I think you give a more organic, lasting gift when you live your life and allow people to see it through the colorful prism of humor. I would much rather sit around a campfire and enjoy life's richness with you, (and that bottle of tequila) than go to a smoky bar for what would be no more than a one night stand. *cheers

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  3. Very funny!

    I can verify from life-long experience that the only thing in the censer is incense.

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