I have always been a huge fan of comedy. I always gravitate towards reading or watching comedy, because it adds something to my life. It’s hard to explain, but like children’s stories in a way, it allows me to deal with the problems of life in a way that makes me smile…and thankfully I like smiling O-O. Yea….I don’t need to be happy all the time ( and trust me I’m not ask my boyfriend *rolls eyes*) and I think it’s sad that comedians get stuck in the public view always having to be funny, because we are all human and we’re not always happy.
I value comedy. I like that it can make people happy and can in a way poke fun at what’s wrong with people and how we can fix it…or in some cases not fix it.
Comedy is the genre of entertainment that is often looked down on as lesser, or for some reason not worthy of merit. However, I believe comedy is one of the most challenging genre’s to pull off. Why? It’s hard being funny. You have to find new ways to look at common annoying things and somehow make something funny enough to get people to feel some kind of truth so they laugh. I think that’s more challenging than getting people to cry, I feel like that’s easy. Life’s sad and it sucks most of the time (true dat).
Comedians have the hardest job as far as story telling (besides people who write thrillers…I don’t know how they do it, but keeping people on the edge of their seat…that’s some hard shit to tackle right there 😉 ) because they have to look at life, which we all know can be pretty lame and turn something that produces mostly pain and heartbreak into something bright and lighten someones life. Although, I’m not perfectly expressing my idea, this is in a nut shell that is why I love comedy and truly and deeply appreciate good comedic writers and actors.
I joke with my boyfriend that some comedies whether they be movies, shows, or certain skits “Make my Life”. While I can take life seriously and appreciate serious subjects, when a comedian can point out something in a new, creative, and hilarious light I feel in a way…proud of humanity…most of the time I have a lot of disappointment and resentment toward humanity with all the crap that’s happening in our world. Great comedy though, can free you from the things you can’t stand. Additionally, I believe being able to laugh and poke fun at things in life is a great talent. I could not imagine going through life with no sense of humor ( I imagine it would be much like living with a stick up my ass). Therefore, whether others appreciate it or not, all I know is that I love it and hopefully one day I will be good enough at it that my work can bring happiness and a sense of satisfaction to people that read my work.
On another note I wanted to list some comedians/comedic writers/actors/directors that have been a huge inspiration to me and hopefully some of their genius will rub off on me 😀
Tried to do in order of influence to me, but it’s really not possible (although I really do love Conan! *wiggles eyebrows*)
1. Conan O’Brien
2. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen
3. Jim Carrey, Steven Carrell, Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, David Spade
4. Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks
5. Zach Galifianakis, Charlie Day, Glen Howerton, Rob McElhenney.
6. Mike Judge, Matt Groening, Loren Bouchard, Adam Reed
7. Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
8. Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy
9. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Offerman, Louis CK, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Mike Myers
This really isn’t a complete list and after looking at it, and it’s really not in order at all…and I’m sure I’ll think of more later, but these are the first to come to mind.