Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What's Mine is Mine

House Full of Improvisers!

A couple of weeks ago, Kiley and I had people over our tiny apartment to celebrate the final weekend of her Second City show. She mentioned that someone on the cast asked if all of us hang out all the time. She said yes, of course, and they were surprised. I’d say that my friends – the people I hang out with most – are 90% improvisers.

The only time I see this as a negative thing is when there’s competition. Or, well, when people start sleeping together. That can get negative! STD-negative! But, I’m friends with people at all levels in their [Boston] career: beginners, those moving up the ladder, those at the tippity top. So, I never really see anyone as “competition” because we’re all in different stages and places, and oh yeah, we're not on a reality show. But, being a comedian is weird. It’s an intense job. You’re always under a microscope – and you’re either funny or you aren’t.

But, sure, sometimes it’s difficult to see your friends and "peers" advance ahead of you. Or to see other people get advantages that you don’t really get. But, that’s a fleeting feeling. Because while some of us consider this a “career” and we may be in the same place at the same time – we’re all on different paths.

Some people do commercials, some move to L.A., some write movies and television pilots, some write books and novels, some leave comedy completely and work at law firms, some freelance for magazines, some become farmers, some go to other theatres and re-build themselves. The “end goal” is very different for everyone, and I think a lot of us (myself included) lose focus on that because we’re so stuck in the moment as if this is the end-all-be-all. It’s not. We’ve got our whole lives ahead of us. We each have our own careers!

I do improv because I enjoy doing improv and it opens up my imagination better than anything else in the world ever could. Besides LSD. But I also have my own personal goals I’m trying to achieve while I do this. So, I’m happy where I am!

Plus, it helps that I have a great director, awesome casts to work with and millions of friends to hang out with because of it. Millions. Millions of friends! MILLIONS!

I'm also friends with Chamillionaire.

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