I've been a pretty under the radar type of chick my whole life.
I've always been funny in person and with friends I know well, but I hadn't done a lot of PUBLIC comedy until this last year or so.
Now after testing the waters for a while, I've built up confidence in my funny factor, and I pretty much let my freak flag fly in person and in my writing.
I say what I want to who I want, and mostly get a positive response. (it might help that I'm cute)
Sometimes there's a Scooby doo double take "huh???" accompanied by that zoinks noise he makes, but that happens less frequently now that I carry an eighties reference to modern day reference translation guidebook with me at all times.
And the Japanese interpreter, she helps, oh and the sign language lady….
What has surprised me the most as I meet more and more funny people, is just like misery loves company, funny people love company.
And it's not just so they can steal each other's material (which can and does happen….you know who you are, Steve Martin) but so that they can feed off of each other's creativity at the time and also to go off and spin it into something of their own making for later.
When you start really getting funny with someone else that's funny? Man it's like an orchestra adding together all of the instruments needed to make beautiful music. You get on a roll, into a groove, and everybody involved gets high.
They really do, because laughing raises the levels of all of the feel good chemicals in your brain, and your brain thinks it's on dope, even though all you're doing in actuality is ACTING like a dope.
Sparks fly, and the creativity becomes so collaborative that even when there is no alcohol involved, without film there's no way to tell who thought what up.
And no one cares.
This is how epic stories get born.
I love it when that happens.
In a lot of situations comedy is…just like yawning and smiling….….contagious.
So go out and catch some comedy, you'll be glad you did.
Comedy, it does a body good.
Did I mention that I haven't slept in 72 hours…….???
This is what emailing me at three am is like.
But you get my point, right?
Creative people love to jam together, and funny people jam with their funny bones…and all benefit from the experience.
So try an experiment today.
Go laugh at somebody….they'll enjoy it….but don't point…'cause that's just rude.
Or better yet, laugh with somebody…and then give them a hug.
You'll both benefit….but make sure that the somebody you're hugging isn't a magazine salesman…'cause I'm pretty they have issues.