The best advice that I’ve ever gotten about comedy is, just have fun with it. Recently I haven’t been able to do this. I’ve been taking comedy as if it were a job. It’s not a job. A job by definition is a place where they pay you to be because you don’t want to be there. Found that in Webster’s.
I’ve learned that when I don’t let the fun happen neither does the funny. I become too scripted. I become exactly who I don’t want to be. It also makes me terrified. I feel as if I’m being judged harder than I really am. No one wants you to better than the audience. Yes I will eat a dick but if at least if I have fun it doesn’t matter about the audience. If I’m having fun then my crowd will find me.
It does help to pander to the audience from time to time. Robin Williams does jokes specifically about the town he goes to every set. No one likes being shit on more than the people who live there. One of the best sets of all time was Bill Burr when he did 15 minutes ripping on Philadelphia after the comedian before him got booed off stage. Sure people were pissed but he had fun doing it. His crowd heard and they and ate it up.
When you have fun it makes being on stage the best place to be in the world. Putting the time in pays off. Putting the time in doesn’t have to be endless hours of tapping keys or stroking the pen on a paper. You will burn yourself out. There’s plenty of funny everywhere. Like half of these blogs. I tell you what I think and I don’t do it myself. I know what needs to be done, I just over judge myself and it begins to be work. I’m too worried about what other people think.
Once I was “invited” to go to an anger management class when I was in high school. The counselor told me that I have a chip on my shoulder because I didn’t open up and everyone else was telling all of their anger and drug related stories and I didn’t. I couldn’t. I couldn’t open up. When you let go people accept you and laugh with you and not at you. It makes opening up so refreshing. It’s like getting a new puppy. He may have pissed on the rug but you’ll be able to tell the story and laugh about it later with everyone because someone’s been there.
Have fun. It’s my new goal. Fuck the hatters. You’re my biggest fans.