Comedy is hard. Kinda…

“Welcome to Hell…” Is what I always say when I meet a comic that just moves to LA. I don’t say it to be a dick, or even to be funny. I say it because comedy is hard… Kinda.

Perks:

You have a lot of down time. Like a lot.
You can participate in any kind of vice you want, and you probably won’t get fired.
The weather is awesome.
You can write all day.
You work like 15-45 minutes a night.
Everything is funny, so you can write jokes about it.
All the right comics make it and become famous. So if you work hard, you’re fine.
Agents, managers, Producers, casting agents love you. Because you’re funny.
When you accomplish something, you’re perfectly happy for a while.
You can write blogs that people will read.
You’re always happy and supportive.

Cons:
You have a lot of down time. Like a lot.
You can participate in any kind of vice you want, and you do.
The weather doesn’t matter. You’re inside with black out curtains.
You don’t write all day.
You work like 15-45 minutes a night. (Once a week)
Nothing is funny, Why can’t I write jokes about it!
Some of the most famous comics are the least funny, and you and they know it, and it changes nothing. So, suck it.
Agents, managers, Producers, casting agents ignore you. Because they can.
When you accomplish something, you want to be knee deep in the next thing. Yesterday doesn’t matter
You can write blogs that 7 people will read.
You’re always happy and supportive. When people ask, but inside you have fights with the silence.

Comedy is hard. .. Kinda.

I moved out here 10 years ago. I was performing 16 years before that. I have had the lowest lows one could have out here. Car living, illness, heartache, loneliness, poverty, horrible setbacks and crushing defeats. However, I’ve had insane victories and tastes of what I have always wanted. I could give some positive affirmation about not quitting and you will win, or be positive or whatever. Truth is, I don’t quit because it’s not an option. Being funny is in my blood. I can never imagine me doing anything else. When I was at my worst, I never wanted to quit, I wanted to hang on.

Comedy is hard… Kinda.

I hustle. I do it all myself. That’s the only choice. I laugh when I hear a comic or an actress say, “My team.” Ha! Team. I am my team. I think once you have a team, you’ve gone to another level. Like I don’t see Brad Pitt writing a blog. He may have someone on his team do it for him. Because each level you climb, you lose a little bit of what it was that got you there. To be honest, comedy is hard. Way harder than you think, but that’s also why it’s worth it when it works.

I love it. So yeah, comedy is hard, but so is fucking in the dark. Eventually you figure it out and it’s really fun for three minutes til you hate yourself and obsess about it until you get to do it again.

I think…