Monday, July 9, 2012

the last book I ever read (Lizz Free or Die, excerpt five)

from Lizz Winstead's Lizz Free or Die: Essays:

Some of the questions I get asked the most about doing stand-up comedy are: How can you stand in front of people and tell jokes? What if you bomb? What if people hate you? Do you ever get afraid?

Fear of performance failure comes from the false premise that there is some way of writing or telling a joke that everyone will love and that somehow you should try to figure out that technique before you start. I can’t control what people like; I can only control what I want to say and how I want to say it.

Think about it: There are people who hate chocolate and puppies and sex. And you know how I feel about babies.

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