How I “Try” To Be Hilarious

by Eden on December 27, 2012

For those of you unfamiliar with my history, I’ve been through some not so nice things this past year/decade/life.

Granted, I’m not a starving child in a third world country, but my path has not been easy.

I could’ve spiraled into dangerous territory (eating disorder relapse, drugs, alcohol, listening to too much Adelle, etc).

Maybe I did spiral into dangerous territory.

I started doing stand-up comedy.

Its one of the scariest things I’ve done (and I’ve done some scary shit, trust me). Putting myself in front of a bunch of people and purposefully TRYING to make them laugh. And not just once, trying to get them laugh a few times a minute.

How dare I even assume I have a sense of humor, yet alone a good one!?

Maybe its because I’ve let go of my parents to horrific diseases, maybe its because I’ve crushed my inner demons yelling me to stay emaciated, or maybe I just like making people laugh and have fun?

I don’t think any of you care, but at least for myself, I’m gonna write down how I “try” to make people laugh:

1) Honesty is the best policy.

Most of the time, comedians are saying things that are so honest, only its usually things no one would verbalize. I saw this one comedian go up to an audience member and randomly said, “your mustache is creepy”.

Yes, his mustache was especially creepy. But normally, people don’t go up to other people and tell them their REAL honest opinions about things. No one TALKS about possibly farting while getting busy in the bedroom, but it happens and if you have an immature sense of humor like me, you’ll laugh.

Or just state the obvious. Like,

“This pool is so watery”

Its not knee-slapping hilarious, but you get the idea.

 

2) But Also, LIE!

Lies are inherently funny because they’re a window for sarcasm (which if used properly, can be hilarious).

If someone asks what you want to be when you grow up and you say “a potato,” that’s sorta funny because it’s a complete lie (I really wanted to be unicorn).

 

3) The “Unexpected”

The element of surprise can be hilarious. A lot of jokes are meant to purposely misdirect you so that your assumption is shattered. Sometimes, when you tell a joke and no one laughs, its actually can end up being funny because you didn’t expect that to happen.

Like maybe just randomly saying,

“Shine bright like a potato”

(cause I bet you were thinking I’d write “shine bright like a forehead” right?)

 

4. There Is Humor in Pain

I think part of the reason I like doing stand up is due to my painful past. In all pain, there is humor. Most people even laugh when they see others experience pain, embarrassment, etc.

Part of the bravery that goes into being a is being OK with making fun of yourself in front of others. It totally sucks that often, other people will find your pain amusing, but it does make you kind of invincible. Who would want to hurt YOU if you’re already pointing out your flaws and laughing at yourself?

You have to get comfortable with pointing out your flaws. Even if you aren’t funny, that could be your flaw. Embrace it, just be you.

Because we’re all flawed and therefore there will always be something to laugh about.

Unless, of course, you’re a unicorn.

Unicorns are perfect.

 

What’s the scariest thing you’ve done? What do you find funny?

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

lindsay December 27, 2012 at 4:32 am

some day i want to come see you do stand up. And you can make fun of me, no prob!

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Eden December 27, 2012 at 9:46 am

I rather make fun of myself 😛

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Joy December 27, 2012 at 5:20 am

You’re brave! I could never do stand up. But I was born without a sense of humor so… To answer your question scariest thing I’ve ever done – I went to trapeze school (I’m afraid of heights)

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Eden December 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

Nonsense, everyone has some sense of humor. If you’ve laughed at anything, you’ve got one :)

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 27, 2012 at 9:11 am

That is so brave! Good for you Eden!

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Elle December 27, 2012 at 9:12 am

I think you are hilarious and you inspire me on my own (seemingly similar) recovery path. Can you upload a video of your standup? Would LOVE to see it!!

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Eden December 27, 2012 at 9:40 am

I appreciate the compliment :)
I might upload one soon. the last set I did had crappy sound qaulity in my video so I’ll try to get a better video in my next set.

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Teri [a foodie stays fit] December 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm

ditto! I can’t wait to see a video! and seriously, you are BRAVE for doing stand-up. I can’t even imagine…

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Ellen December 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Doing my not-quite-a-one-woman(I have a couple sidekicks) play FLAT was incredibly scary. Parts of it are pretty much stand-up and it’s me talking about the glories of my lack of cleavage. Particularly scary when I got hired to go do it for my hometown and there were people I’d known since I was a kid. But I agree with the truth thing-people responded largely to the stuff that was really true.
I like a lot of different types of humor, depending on my mood-sometimes cheesy, sometimes sarcastic…
I really would come check out your set if you tell us when you perform next!

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Daniela December 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm

For all of you wondering… I am not the kind of friend who would let a friend do stand up if they sucked…Eden is awesome on stage. Seriously has me laughing the whole time!!

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Eden December 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Thanks, MOM! 😛

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Kaila December 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Omigosh…I love that you’re doing this. Stand up is one of my favorite things in the entire world…It was the only thing that saved me during my first relapse with my ED. I used to sit in my room and listen to the stand up channel on iTunes, because it reminded me that it was possible to laugh through the pain. Good for you for going for it! I’m seriously impressed. So much luck to you–and I hope that your stand up inspires others who are in desperate need of a smile to keep on looking for the brighter side of life!

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Eden December 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I appreciate the stand up support! I listen to stand up albums on Spotify when I’m depressed. I swear its the best cure!

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