It’s democratic. If you’re good you’re good. You can become a celebrity overnight. What defines a professional? Did Jesus practice in becoming a preacher or hired as a spokesperson or have a degree in public relations? No he was born with it. It was a gift. It [still] is a gift.
The door to your house closes, the door to a comedy venue opens. There are no exams. No hierarchy. No one is right. No one is wrong. No one has a degree or diploma. No IQ or GPA.
Robin Williams put it as: “You’re only given a little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it.”
Louis C.K. analyzes: “When I began in Boston I saw it as climbing Olympus. I didn’t care if I suck.”
It’s a myth that being funny & making someone laugh are different. Laughing at yourself or other people is a core exercise for the sponge-brain. Synapses fire when you are the outsider; when you’re extradited. When you are forced to fight, or rebel. When you validate yourself.
You mad? Must blow hot air? People are here for you. Fancy that. A make-shift courtroom to go balls to the wall. Go bonkers. Berserk. You’re the judge, the prosecutor & the defendant. Spontaneous combustion.
John Wayne had a mantra of his own: “If you’re full of hot air blow it out your other end.”
Like body-building, if your baggage is heavy it’s going to damage the muscles. That damage creates a chemical cascade & reaches into the nuclei of your muscle cells, & turns on genes that make proteins & build up muscle fibers. Those genes are only turned on in response to some environmental challenge. You have to keep lifting heavier & heavier weights. No Pain No Gain.
Those of us with unrelieved pain zoom in on “goodness.” We literally “clock-watch.” A pseudo-addiction, in that behaviors resolve when the pain is effectively medicated — & yet abrupt cessation, or administration of an antagonist, spur withdrawal symptoms.
Jerry Seinfeld says: “It’s not the money or fame. It’s about being around comedians. That’s all. I’m one of them. I win.”
The foundation for every self-help program to date: If you want to be happy think happy. ABC 123.