3rd Baseman

You know, I've seen a lot of stuff on my thread today involving politics in some way, shape, or form and it's weighed heavily on my mind. I wanted to take a minute to share some things I'm thinking.

I'm a little concerned at the staggering numbers of "comedians" that are sort of agreeing with the mainstream about who and what is right for our country, or our industry, etc. I've seen comedians regurgitate basic comments from main stream media, or even just be sure to cover their asses by being public enough with who they "chose" so not to hurt their careers.

I became a comedian because I wanted to challenge the way people think. If you've ever listened to my comedy, or seen a show, you know that I'm a guy that likes to push buttons. However, if you know me personally, you know that there's a lot more there than that basic interest, and that I really strive to make people re-evalulate HOW they think, and not just change WHAT they think.

I personally don't care what you think; I care about the process. I believe that changing the process is how we grow as a people, and that the ideas won't matter if we get to a point where we can all appreciate the process we each go through to determine our opinions or ideas.

What bothers me is that so many of my peers in the business seem to let their process be dictated to them. You censor your thoughts or edit them down so that you don't jeopardize yourself in any way. Now I get it if you have a really good paying job, or there are things to lose, but even people who's careers have hardly begun yet are subscribing to this way of thinking, and it's terrifying.

Even our industry is starting to subscribe to this. Everyone wants to make content that adheres to the "narrative" of how we think things are "supposed" to be, rather than the more interesting art of discussing how and why they actually are (my opinion, obviously).

We feel the need to tell the story of these over-arching narratives of the collective. Black people need a voice. Women need a voice. The Trans community needs a voice. We seek out those voices, and we give them a platform.

The art we grew up with; film, comedy, music. They shouted with their voices in a crowd of people that weren't listening and were heard because of the power of what they had to say. That's what I miss. That's what we need to go back to.
If the message itself isn't good enough to be heard amongst the crowd, maybe it's not a message worthy of an audience.

Some might read this as me bitching about the state of the industry or whatever, but I'm sharing this for one reason only. Consider it a bat-signal of sorts. A call to arms.

I need to work harder at my art and make my voice heard amongst the crowd, and if you feel the same way, you need to work harder too. We have to restore some level prestige to those of us that think differently.

I've seen a million posts today about how we're about to elect 1 of 2 people because "it's all we have to choose from" (despite the fact that we have a great 3rd party candidate I support).

We HAVE to stop accepting this status quo.

In Politics.

In Art.

In Life.

PICK the 3rd option. HELP the 3rd option. BECOME the 3rd option.

This world is what we make of it, and I'm tired of sitting down.

Posted on June 8, 2016 .