A few years ago, 2005 – to be exact, I swallowed my pride and pushed fear as far down as I could, and found myself on a stage telling jokes – to actual people.
I never wanted it to end. People laughed in almost all the correct spots and in some I had not intended. It was magic.
Never in my life had I felt the rush or satisfaction that I felt that night. I have never done drugs but if that feeling is what heroin addicts feel…I GET IT!
Afterwards, I spent a year or two doing open mics and trying to hone my skills both on stage and as a writer. During that time my wife was twice diagnosed with breast cancer, our only son was born and I decided that I could not be honest with comedy unless I was doing it in a way that honored God.
So began a 5 year hiatus a period of reflection and contemplation – big words to say I quit comedy for a while.
Did I really want to do comedy? Could comedy be done in a way that glorified and honored God? If so, am I the guy to do it?
My answer is YES to all the above.
So, last Sunday I did something I had not done in five years – I swallowed my pride and pushed fear as far down as I could, finding myself on a stage telling jokes.
My plan for this blog, going forward, is to open up a space where I can write about my ideas as they pertain to comedy, faith and the ways in which they cross and effect one another. I will be open to collaborating – to a degree – and if I am so fortunate perhaps incorporate an interview or two.
Mostly, I want to build a community. A community of comics at every level, from every corner of the planet – but the planet does not have corners – where those of us starting out can ask questions and gain some confidence. Participation in this community WILL NOT be predicated on your faith in Jesus but my faith WILL NOT be hidden or shoved in the corner. HE is the reason I do this and in everything I do I try to glorify him.
So, I ‘ll ask again – you want to be a comedian? Sit back, hold on and enjoy the ride because I do too. Let’s drive this bus together.
Keep God FIRST and keep ‘em laughing!
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