Last week the question of envy reared its ugly head. I was asked about how people I’ve worked with reacted when their efforts went unnoticed while some hot shot blew past them on the charts or whatever.
Trying to not get too specific about who it was I just said that I’ve seen the whole range. From people who’ve raged and ranted to people who took it as a challenge to deliver even bigger and better next time.
Now, I spoke about this in terms of the music business but it goes for anything and everything.
Something else happened last week that shows it in practice.
One of Conan O’Brien’s writers went on a Twitter rant about the current state of comedy:
Comedy in 2015 needs a severe motherfucking shakeup. No celebrities, no parodies, no pranks, no mash-ups or hashtag wars. I’m fat.
and shove your lip-synching up your ass. – *Redacted*
Prom King Comedy. That’s what I call all this shit. You’ve let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal. Fuck.
None of the funniest stuff ever involved celebrity cameos. – *Redacted*
Look, even if every single statement he said was in some way “true”, is it productive? Sure, it might spark a debate but is ripping people about their creative expression the best way to go about it? If we want to build something really great, do we really need to tear down everybody else’s building?
Or could a more productive way to go about it be to just build something really great that others can look at as a staple of what can be achieved?
The person probably had good intentions, wanting to raise the bar of creativity and all. They just went about it in a less productive manner.
Note: I chose not to include the person’s name because the last thing this situation needs is more public shaming.If you really want to know there’s always…
What I found interesting is how Conan O’Brien handled the situation with the following tweet:
I wish one of my writers would focus on making my show funnier instead of tweeting stupid things about the state of late night comedy.
— Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) April 19, 2015
While I felt the word “stupid” was unnecessary he still makes a valid point. Since the person has an outlet by on Conan’s show they could actually use the platform to show what can be done.
The person did however realize what they’d done and offered the following apology:
Once again I’m a bonehead for tweeting as a fan of comedy instead of as a guy who earns a living doing it.
So, give me an example of when your frustration has gotten you so fired you up you went out and did something about it!