Comedians and Clowns
Attempting to make someone laugh is risky. Its a dark place the comedian shows us. Maybe it’s yours. Maybe it’s theirs, or maybe it’s ours. If things get too dark, we might react in ways they never intended, or imagined. They’re willing to risk that for our laugh. That’s their high.
Our laugh grants them forgiveness. They were the bad boys, and naughty girls who just couldn’t help themselves. They were the ones we weren’t allowed to play with. They tried to find that line no one should cross.
I’ve been finding that line my whole life. That willingness, if nothing else, was practice. I could guess it’s location most of the time. I was wrong a lot though, and worse, while delivering someone else’s bit. Lil’ McSwiggins, if you read this one day, and you’re trying to get knocked out, at least do it with your own material. Go out swinging.
You see, I’m not a comedian. I’m a clown. Clowns are people that want to make us laugh, but can’t. That’s why I’m a sad clown. Thankfully, happy comedians have all been sad clowns, too. It’s kind of a pre-requisite. Clowns are just comedians in training, and they’re one in the same really. Keep moving ahead.