I’m regularly asked who my favorite comedians are. To be honest, my favorite comedians change. I love Ellen. And I love Dane Cook. And I love Bill Cosby.
But I just saw another of my favorites on a DVD: comedian Eddie Izzard in his DVD Definite Article.
I’m tellin’ ya, he’s a genius! And histerical. I love that he is often so completely surreal. And that he is such a great actor…. in his own goofy way. (Eddie acts out his jokes to the nth degree… his jokes are funny, but his “act outs” are awesome.
And I love his “chatty” style. It just seems that he is talking to his audience. Sure, it is prepared comedic material. But it appears so natural. So… chatty.
If you’re a fan of comedy. If you’re a fan of humor, and are willing to think… check out one of Eddie Izzard’s shows.
In this podcast, Brad Montgomery and fellow Motivational Humorist Speaker Scott Friedman interview (yet a third motivational humorist speaker) Craig Zablocki. Besides being a very funny fellow, Craig has a bunch of experience talking with victim’s groups… he is a pro at humor and grief.
Among the many fascinating points Craig makes is that humor and pain are in many ways related.
The most basic connection between laughter and crying is that just like laughter, crying feels good; it’s cathartic. But crying and laughter are related for other reasons. For example, Craig notes that when we are laughing or crying we are very much “in the moment.” We are focused on the here and now.
One of the problems with folks who have suffered a loss is that their minds are so often pointed right back to that loss or event. They are understandably fixated and pre-occupied on the source of their pain. So when these people cry (or laugh) it is a very positive step. It is a chance for them, at least for that time, to be back “in the moment.” They get a break from their loss and can be focused on the here and now. It’s a great step.
Craig also points out that when we are crying (or laughing) there is no ego. We are just there… crying. And for many people that step is amazing.
In addition, Craig connects this concept to his experience being a motivational speaker at Columbine High School in Colorado (the site of a terrible student shooting.)
Thanks Craig. Next time I say, “I don’t know whether I should laugh or cry” it will mean a whole new thing.
Reach Craig Zablocki at http://www.positivelyhumor.com