I think about what I want or don’t want from comedy, and I find that I do this little thing and enjoy the standing up in front of a strange crowd, telling jokes about my past awkwardness and misadventures, while at the same time edge quietly towards being edgy as a host, but I’ve got the feeling my public persona doesn’t fit a profile that either hits the mainstream hard or swims in the obscurity of cult status.
So, to explain my motives, here are my ambitions and avoidances of Comedy:
- DO: want to eventually be performing in front of big crowds. I feel at home with a lot of people warmed up to the idea of a stock comedian making them laugh.
- DON’T: want to continue into my 70’s performing in front of tiny open-mic crowds.
- DO: want to work with talented people I gel with, to brainstorm awesome ideas and create a semblance of community that serves the general public in many forms of entertainment.
- DON’T: want to work with guys looking for a quick jump-start to short-term fame.
- DO: want to develop television or radio schemes with others and be part of a creative group with resources to turn it around in a short space of time. I’ve already written a few, need to start pitching it to a talented guy I’ve recently met.
- DON’T: want to agree to flimsy promises that never take fruit thanks to ignorance.
- DO: want to write for a magazine, newspaper or website that accepts my unexplored views on everything from life, love to laundry.
- DON’T: want to be limited only to this blog.
- DO: want to make the people I love proud, to show that their support for my abilities aren’t unfounded and that they can share in the fruits of my efforts in hichever way they wish.
- DON’T: want to be told I’ll never make something of myself because I’m white, single, foreign or never attained a degree/diploma (that one was based on funds).
- DO: want to “stand before kings, and leave a name to be remembered.” – Benjamin Franklin
- DON’T: want to be forgotten.