I have two things to say, and they’re related, so pay attention.
Thing one: I am a fan of comedy. Always have been. SNL. Monty Python. Ricky Gervais. Tina Fey. Curb Your Enthusiasm. Blah blah blah. These are a few of my favorite things. How do these human beings make such funny stuff? I want to know. Maybe I could do it too, some way, some how. But could I be funny in a place that isn’t Hollywood or NYC or Chicago? Being the ignorant slut that I am (IT’S AN SNL REFERENCE GARSH), I had no idea, until recently. The answer is most definitely YES. I decided to get out of my comfort zone and try an improv class at a place called The Muse. Who the hell would be teaching this stuff? Well, a great group called The Pushers. I was amazed at their talent, kindness, and patience. Faith in local humanity was restored. I had a blast learning from them. I can’t wait to learn more. Hopefully that will happen soon. Which brings me to……
Thing two: I like where I live. Hampton Roads, VA is a diverse, expansive group of cities. There’s lots of history, geography, military presence (I mean that in the employment/people sort of way, not the armies waiting to shoot shit sort of way), and things to do. You know what, though? It could be even better for the funny, creative, and artistic geniuses that inhabit this locale. Norfolk is in the process of creating its own Arts District. How cool is that? And how amazing would it be to have our own comedy theater? Take classes, see shows, and be a part of a comedy community? I love it. I’m broke as a joke, but I made a point to contribute to The Pushers’ Kickstarter – Help The Push Comedy Theater! I am asking you to do the same. If you also live in the 757, that’s great. Give them some buckaroos and be a part of the awesome insanity. Don’t live here? Well, contribute anyway. Perhaps your donation will inspire you to be a part of your own local comedy scene. See who’s performing at your local comedy club when a headlining act isn’t in town. Look into taking a class – improv, sketch writing, acting, whatever. You’ll meet some great people. Like all of these folks who are making a difference in my home town….
And since I just uttered the words “home town”, I’m now forcing you to listen to this….
*This blog post was originally published on Meri’s site, Meri’s World