It’s easy to think that every comedian is so starved for attention that they’ll get up in front of anyone at any time. That may be true for a few fearless, natural performers, but like most of us, funny folks get the butterflies too. The pressure to perform at the highest level will do that. Whether they trust in their abilities or not, some of the funniest people on the planet know that laughs are not guaranteed. They’re out there on a limb, hoping for the best, and that (as we can all imagine) is pretty nerve-wracking. But they love it enough to power through, and that’s just commendable.
Jerry Seinfeld said it best… “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” To be fair, Jerry, there’s a lot less pressure on the dead guy. He just gets to lie there, the lucky bastard. But it’s not just the average person. These 13 famous comedians would also hyperventilate before that eulogy, since they too are terrified of the limelight.
This wild and crazy anxiety of ours.
Jenny Slate’s anxiety affects her physically.
His musical comedy was his “security blanket.”
“Ladies and Gentlemen, I apologize, but I forgot all my lines.”
Yeah, it seems like ‘SNL’ would not help a panic disorder.
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It took Bobby Lee a long time to admit his stage fright struggles.
There’s still a stigma around mental health meds, but they do help a lot of people.
Looking back, it ain’t hard to tell.
Other than his first episode, you’d never know it.
It took a long time for him to get comfortable on stage.
He seems a bit more comfortable on TV. Just a bit.
It’s hard to believe that Will Ferrell gets stage fright.