Fun story: when I first started doing comedy another girl started around the same time as me

Fun story: when I first started doing comedy another girl started around the same time as me. She did a lot of sex jokes and talked about her vagina a lot, and I got pissed because she got more laughs than me. I turned up my nose and railed about where’s the art in it and what about our responsibility as comics to make some profound point/social commentary. But really that was just me being arrogant. It’s all bullshit and who the hell did I think I was to think I knew how someone else should develop their onstage voice and presence.
The bottom line for “success” is laughs and developing a following.
Developing a following is hard to do if you don’t have substance behind your jokes, something that sticks in audience members’ heads days after they see you perform. But those things aren’t mutually exclusive. You can slip in some poignant, thoughtful pieces with vagina jokes. There will be some ppl who don’t get it and only see it at face value. That’s ok. Your art isn’t for them. It’s, firstly, for you, laughs and following be damned. Do it however the hell you want. The audience meant for you will find you and you them.
So suck it, Iliza. Go post another gym selfie. Do you, girl. Don’t tell me how to do me.

4 thoughts on “Fun story: when I first started doing comedy another girl started around the same time as me

  1. Yeah I like the DO YOU way of seeing it. As a musician when you get to a point where people start approaching you about representation they say things like “you need a gimmick” or “edgy material.” I think a true following comes from authenticity. So I totally could see from an audience stand point, who cares whatever gets a laugh. But from a comedian standpoint you want to do material that represents you…right? Or is that just me being an old man turning my nose up?

    1. I think authenticity is key, too. I just often think when ppl try to give advice on how to be successful they forget that they’ve already filled a niche so the person they’re advising needs to find their own. And that’s just something a person has to figure out for themselves. Unless they just want to recreate something already out there. But I personally don’t want to sound like, look like, act like anyone who’s already big in order to get big lol.

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