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Comedy: Hardest Thing On Earth?

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I’m sure being a doctor or a scientist or a grammar school teacher is difficult. Both in the schooling to the actual job duties, but I don’t think that it can overcome the most difficult of all. That of which would be comedy.

I can’t think of anything more difficult than being funny, at least on demand. I think everyone has a moment of being funny or making someone laugh, (whether they intend to or not) but to be able to deliver on the spot is a much different talent. Have you ever had someone say, “Make me laugh. Say something funny.”? That’s quite a task, but harder than brain surgery or splitting and atom? How would I know?

This leads me to the comedy album, (CDs as they’re called now, soon to be Bluray). In theory, the comedy album seems by all rights a hard sell. Recording comedy material for people to buy and listen to at home or in their car? Comedy is like magic in a way, once you’ve seen the surprise ending it kind of loses the flash and appeal. Although circulating e-mail jokes seem to blow this theory out of the water. I’ve been reading the same e-mail jokes since I got an e-mail account two hundred years ago.

Unlike magic though, some comedy is just too funny to dispose of after only one listening to. Some comedians are just so talented you can hear their jokes over and over again. Even so, it does change the fact that the joke is never the same or as funny as the first time you heard it.

I guess the world just doesn’t see the comedy circle in every day life. I would think the biggest buyers and listeners of comedy albums would be budding comedians. I’m sure there is an underground movement of fellow joke tellers than move in shadows, whispering as they hand off bootleg copies of comic giants to one another is dark alleys in the middle of the night. I’ve never seen it though.

When was the last time you heard someone ask for or tell you about a great new comedy album? Have you ever walked into a department store and heard a comedy album playing for you while you shop? I don’t read Billboard, but do they have a comedy album section on the list? I’m sure there is a list, (consisting of sales no doubt) but does anyone say, “And coming in at number one for the fifth week in a row it’s John Doe with Funny Shit”?

Give it up for funny men and women, it’s a hard and not funny world they live in. If you need to put it to perspective, go to your local comedy club on amateur night and get up on stage. That should show you how hard being funny is.

Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster

Written by Ramblin' Rooster

December 17, 2008 at 4:16 am