This was going to be a story about how I kissed a senior citizen at the bar last week.
But when I sat down to write, I got distracted by other thoughts.
Last night was one of my best nights on stage in a long while.
I wasn't any funnier than usual. The crowd was good, but not exceptional.
What made the difference was that I started to feel the way I want to feel onstage. Not worrying about the next joke...not agonizing over the last joke...but just being in the moment.
The interesting thing is, a lot of this new stuff didn't come from doing comedy. It came from being involved in wrestling, and my new interest in Buddhism, and my attempts to overcome my shyness.
A lot of comedians tell you that the way to become a better comedian is to eat, breathe, and live comedy 24 hours a day.
I think there's some truth to that, especially at the beginning and especially if you're obsessed with maximizing your success.
But I also think that it's possible to stagnate if that's all you do. Comedy comes from life experience and making your entire existence about comedy narrows that experience. I remember a veteran comic telling me that one of the reason he had a lot of trouble finding material audiences could relate to because his lifestyle was so different from that of the audience.
There's a big world out there and my life is richer for it. Learning to appreciate other things helped me appreciate the things I already have more.
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