US comic Sara Schaefer (a person) spoke to The Age about how solitary comedy is:
“A lot of people will say comedy is a family, comedians are family and we have each other’s backs. I’ve always found that to be such a ludicrous statement because comedy is one of the most individualistic artforms. You’re literally up there on stage, it’s just you, you’re your own CEO. Literally, many of us, including me, have our own corporations that we run and we’re president and CEO of them.”
I couldn’t help but think of a Frankie column I wrote in 2009:
“I recently held an annual general meeting in my mind and made a moving speech to myself. I vowed that all these years of self-employed work experience were paying off, and that it was more important than ever to think of my bedroom as an office, and to adopt more stringent nine-to-five hours to my creativity. We decided that the company motto of “sorry” had to go, and that we needed to hold our heads high and ignite a bonfire of pride in our hearts for the ideas farm we’d built from the ground up. The next morning I slept in, fired myself and came home drunk to find my locks changed and an ad up for my position. I reapplied, was promoted CEO and sold the company to pay back the Bank of Mum.”
Full article is lurking HERE.
Good luck in the comedy festival everybody. Don’t laugh too hard.