Spontaneity Doesn't Just Happen You Know

I've done a lot of stand-up comedy and I can tell you that, short of running in traffic blindfolded, you could hardly find a more reckless, self-destructive activity.  To have the moxie to do stand-up - and especially improv - (i.e. - not rattling off canned jokes) - you need two things.  1.) Intense anger.  2.) A pathological need for approval.  The relationship between audience and stand-up doing improv is almost military - it's a battle.  It's you against them - and you have to win - or die.  If they smell blood, you're cooked.  It was unbelievably intimidating at first, but after a while I grew comfortable and very, very open.  When that happend, it became less a battle of wills and more an invitation to play.  To achieve that level you do need to feel very safe, and dare I say it, confident.
ElLagarto ElLagarto
56-60, M
5 Responses Jun 23, 2007

And them.

It is a great way to work through stagefright, after a while you become fearless, even reckless on stage.

Glasgow! Birthplace of me sainted dad! -- The better question, dear Sun, is what is in YOUR jeans. WHOOPS! Don't bother, I'll slap my own face! :-)

The Quakers have an ex<x>pression. "Everyone in the world is crazy except me, and thee; and sometimes I'm not so sure about thee."

Chances are you're a nice person and a healthy person. Stand up comedians are neither. Most often they're neurotic and profoundly insecure. - But enough about me! Hah.