Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Making People Laugh

"Comedy is very controlling - you are making people laugh. It is there in the phrase 'making people laugh.' You feel completely in control when you hear a wave of laughter coming back at you that you have caused." - Gilda Radner

One day, I realized I was kind've funny and that when people laughed at my jokes, I felt like a million bucks. Unlike most of the people in my hometown, I didn't do bad things. I never got high, never got low, never got drunk and never got pregnant. {Well, I never did these things in high school.} I chose to stay home and watch movies with my friends and sometimes, SOMETIMES, take Harry Potter quizzes online. Sure, I was a nerd {still am and proud}, but I wouldn't trade any of those days for the world because I had great friends and I loved making them laugh. They made me laugh, too! But, who cares. More importantly, I made them laugh.

And plus, eventually I fell in with a group who taught me how to make bad, terrible and awful decisions, smoke pot a few times {I'm really bad at it... like technically, I can't get it down} and drink enough alcohol to remove my ability to walk. So... I've caught up.

I've stuck to this whole improv and comedy thing because at the end of the day, I like to entertain people. I love making people happy and  making jokes and not taking life seriously and giving people a way out of their reality. Well, let me tell you a {not-so} secret... most people who choose this profession are MISERABLE. They hate themselves, they're insecure and they're just tough to be around.

I refuse to do that. If I'm going to entertain people, I'm going to be happy. Because nothing gives me a rush more than laughter, and as soon as it turns me into a monster... it's not worth it anymore. So... cheer up, everyone.

P.s. Happy Birthday to Alison Royer. She's labeled me an alcoholic and a gossip and has made me trek through the unfamiliar, cold streets of Chicago to get her several coffees while she worked. But, she has helped me through some super tough times. She's the beahhhsssttt!

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