First, I want to shill for my upcoming class. Only four more spots left! For writers, actors, voice actors, directors – anyone interested in reframing and expanding their notions of comedy. Four Wednesday nights, 11/30-12/21 – 6:30-9:30.
How do we do this? Well, we set aside judgment, open our hearts to compassion and let people (characters) do what they do. Trying to control people (characters) is a form of bullying. The need to be funny (controlling/judging characters) is born of the same fear that causes bullying (controlling/judging human beings). Somehow we’ll be safe if our tender egos are assuaged.
Remember the flap about Trump’s doctor – Dr. Harold Bornstein? One night I flipped between three late night talk shows. Each host was riffing on him - making fun of his appearance, of his grammar, of his credentials. I got so fucking irritated. They were acting like schoolyard bullies, each one taking his best shot at a man who got caught up in a mess.
“He looks like a guy who could not only write you a prescription for drugs but tell you what they taste like first.” Stephen Colbert
True, the doctor hadn’t made the best choices. But this wasn’t comedy. This was bullying. The man with the loudest bullhorn and the cleverest writers, wins. They didn’t make fun of his choices – they made fun of his looks and his demeanor. Easy target.
We can do better, people.