I exalt the fool

I was feeling a little overwhelmed this weekend, so I packed some boxes but decided not to push myself too hard. I’m ahead of schedule on moving duties, so I had time to take a day or two off. I needed it. Sometimes it’s more important to take time to feel better than it is to plow through. When I get some rest I’ll get a lot more done in a shorter time.

I read a mystery novel, I did some planning. Best of all, I watched comedy videos. I love stand-up comedians. I remember listening to Bill Cosby records as a kid. My best friend had them all, and we would laugh ourselves silly over Fat Albert and the story of Noah. As I grew up I bought my own records, falling in love with Dr. Demento, Allan Sherman and Tom Lehrer. I worshipped Steve Martin and Robin Williams when they first became popular, and once I had a television I would gravitate towards the programs that featured comedians.

I still love comedy albums, and I buy them used when I can find them. If someone is funny enough, I can listen to the routine over and over again. I’m still playing Bill Cosby. To my brother, Russell, whom I slept with is one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard, and it has only gotten better with time. Yesterday I watched videos of Ron White and the Blue Collar Comedy tour. Ron White cracks me up—he knows just how to pause for maximum effect. I watched the Blue Collar Comedy Tour videos because of Ron White, but I found all four comedians funny.

I also find comedy interesting as an art form. As a writer, it intrigues me to see what I find amusing and why. I notice the structure of it, even as I’m laughing, and that helps me to use humor in my own speaking and writing. I really appreciate a performer who has perfected the craft of comedy. Making people laugh is hard work, and I don’t think people appreciate how vital stand-ups are to our national health. I certainly need them. By Sunday evening I’d gotten my sanity—and my sense of humor—back.  I think it was a very productive weekend.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it:

101. Find some stand-up comedy and prepare to laugh yourself silly. Did you like the comedian you chose? Why or why not?

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