I’m sorry. I’m sorry for thinking of you like this:
I’m sorry for not realizing how hard this is. I’m sorry for not realizing how smart you are. In the future, I will try to remember that comedy is a craft, an art form, that requires skill, perception and smarts. I will try to remember that the truly skilled can make you forget that entirely.
the worm keeper
I recently watched a video of Allie Brosh reading her book Hyperbole and a Half at a Google Talk. I was surprised how smart she was and how together she looked. She looked great. She was well-spoken. This surprised me because I’d always imagined her as a small, deranged alien-child with shark-fin hair. Then, I thought, “Of course!” That’s the trouble with comedy. If you are really good at it, no one takes you seriously. Of course, she was smart! You don’t write material THAT good without being smart.
I realized I’d never taken comedians seriously, and that I probably owed them an apology. I also worried that people will now think of me as a joke, which affirms my decision to write this blog semi-anonymously. Anyway, if you’ve never thought about it before, I encourage you to try write something funny. It may give you new respect for an entire industry.