Comedians would be the first to admit that they are an odd bunch.
I've dated a couple. I've loved a couple. I've absolutely loathed a couple.
Despite what can be seen as personality clashes on a one-on-one level, it's undeniable that comedy and stand-up comedy, specifically, has brought me through some of my darker times. There are specific comics whose specials I always return to on Netflix and YouTube: Kathy Griffin, Bill Burr, Katt Williams and Louis C.K.
Last night, I escaped a particularly rough week at the Laugh Factory with Brian Babylon's set, a personal favorite. On a related note, Brian talked at Chicago Ideas Week about the purpose of comedy and making the uncomfortable comfortable. Listen to that here.
We need people like Leslie Jones.
It's well-known within the comedy community and became highlighted in mainstream after Robin Williams suicide that there can be a dark side to bringing laughs. Check out this Google predictive for an example of this association.
Listen to enough podcasts and you'll hear first-hand accounts of comedians discovering the stand up community for the first time and how they finally felt like they found their people. You'll hear stories of not fitting in and how comedy was a way to process that. You'll hear how it still is.
Comedy has saved me. It has saved me from myself. It has saved me from my dark thoughts. It's even saved me when I just wanted to lift the air after a bad day at work or trying to psyche myself up for a date. When there were too many hard stories on Facebook that day or when they didn't have tater babies at Jewel that one day. Tragedies occur in all types of levels.
You have to be made from a certain chemistry to be a comedian. By most accounts, it's a somewhat challenging one at times. Comedians are are tapped into an essential natural society resource. Whether they are the mines or the miners, I'm not sure. There's is no doubt that they have put their lives on the line to deliver there minerals of truth to us like a key part of some mental/emotional diet.
It's not an easy job, but I'm glad there are the Leslie Jones of the world who are here to do it.