Comedy Devil

There is one thing about comedy that makes my skin itch. Neutrality. Like khaki pants and dry turkey sandwiches, I just gotta ask why.

This could be my Berkeley brainwash, but I think the mass rewards of formula and structure lead to a lot of mass boring (i.e. almost every buddy cop comedy, except for the one with Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah because what). I would say that all the people who have had the largest impact on me as a writer and performer are very unapologetic about the lens in which they view the world. I find that so refreshing, inspiring and captivating. Hubert Selby Jr., Lucille Ball, a scientologist wanting to give me a stress test. All fascinating. May we never settle!

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4 thoughts on “Comedy Devil

  1. Sure, but sometimes you have to build the expectation of formula, if only to punch them before the punchline. Some of the best jokes start out as a classic “three”– i.e., a priest, a rabbi, and a corn muffin walk into a bar…” and deliver the punchline on two. It wouldn’t be as funny if the listener wasn’t waiting patiently to get to three. I’m just talking out of my butt here because I don’t do comedy, I do depressing dark and suicidal.

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