10 Things I've Learned About Comedy & The Comedy Community
Let me preface this by saying I’m not a stand-up comedian, and I’m certainly not hanging out around Seinfeld and Kevin Hart. However, I have worked at comedy sites for almost a decade, and I’ve been friends and colleagues with enough comedians and comedy writers in New York City to form opinions. Comedy is an artform … it goes through phases and eras, and even our personal senses of humor develop over time. When you were a teen, maybe you told dead baby jokes you cringe at as an adult who knows people who have lost wanted children now.
And like any artist, comedians aren’t above criticism. Sure, stand-up comedy requires making mistakes and freedom, but stand-up also involves editing and revising. It’s true that overthinking comedy makes it less fun, but it has a huge social impact that is influential. And famous comedians, who got famous speaking truth to power, now have actual power and influence that their younger selves would probably be critical of today.
With all that being said, here are 10 things I wish I would have known before joining the comedy community…