Tragedy and comedy
For me as I almost enter my first year in comedy, I realize that my "jokes" are becoming less jokey and more cathartic in helping me release anger, frustration, and other complex emotions.
Looking back at my first set I ever did, I joked about friends who don't follow politics and Kermit and Miss Piggy breaking up.
Then I took a couple fantastic classes at Flappers and talked about my height, my faith, my teaching career, and frustrations with being single.
Then in January I took a one day workshop and opened up about my weight, my diabetes, and my frustrations with my mother who is upset I'm single at 34.
Now I'm starting to open up about the disillusionment of teaching and my lack of success at all with women.
What I'm finding is a richer experience. For both me and the audience.
Here is a quote paraphrased by a very funny comedian originally attributed to Steve Allen:
And here is a video all comedians should watch of Louis CK explaining the same process.
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Paul Douglas Moomjean Blog's About What's on His Mind
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