One of my favorite lines from any comedian is not a joke. It’s a statement. George Carlin said, “A comedian shouldn’t just make them laugh, he should also make them think.
Stand up comedy is the ultimate forum to say whatever you want; to express yourself and talk about things that drive you mad. Comedy also comes from the truth.
That is why I always tell my students when they sit down to write comedy don’t sit down to write something funny, but sit down and try to write something true, then turn it funny. The truth, the truth, the truth.
I’m posting this interesting and profound video clip of my comedy colleague Chris Bliss. To me he has been a mentor and has inspired me. Still does. If you want to write comedy that is profound and makes a point or gives you an opportunity to change the world’s view, then take a moment and watch the clip. It’s fifteen minutes of your time, but it will be well worth it. Then leave a comment down there to tell me what you would like to say with your comedy.
Then go write and make them think!