“Laughter heals all wounds, and that’s one thing that everybody shares. No matter what you’re going through, it makes you forget about your problems. I think the world should keep laughing.” – Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart was the guest on last night’s episode of “The Daily Show”. During the interview Jon Stewart said: “It just gives me the itches to get back on stage”.
Yay! We might just get to see Jon return to doing stand up!
This got me thinking of all the stuff I’ve seen, read, and heard about the work involved. Is Jon really up for it?
When Eddie Murphy was asked by an audience member on “Inside The Actors Studio” whether he would consider doing stand up again Eddie was hesitant and explained his thought process.
He said that he gets that question a lot and some days he really wants to and some days he doesn’t. The biggest deterrent for him is the time and amount of work that goes into it. He’d have to start with no material, go to clubs 3-4 nights a week and polish his act.
So, it’s not that he couldn’t do it if he wanted to it’s just that his priorities have changed.
Some years ago I saw the documentary “I Am Comic” where comics are interviewed by Jordan Brady. Brady interviews amongst others retired comedian Ritch Shydner who starts getting the urge to go back into stand up. About 40 minutes into the documentary it becomes clear that Ritch is ready for a comeback.
His first attempt isn’t up to snuff but he continues to work on the material and performing, talking about the “good old days”. He slowly realizes that his act will probably not go to the level he always dreamed of but he sees other benefits such as that he can do it because he really, really loves it. Another benefit is that he can actually get off his antidepressants!
If you haven’t seen it, go check it out. There’s a bunch of great lessons for us creatives!
Jon Stewart is a hard worker who apparently really loves the craft. He’s smart enough to know what traps to avoid and as long as he’s not doing it out of pure nostalgia, which I don’t think he is, it’ll work out great. I’ll keep an eye out for his special some time in 2017!
God, now I’m looking forward to seeing “Misery Loves Comedy” which I hope will give more insights into the world of comedy writing and performing.
Until next time I’ll leave you with some videos!
Trailer – “Misery Loves Comedy”
Louis C.K says that his technique of improving the act is similar to sword folding.