The Importance of Comedy

By Jeremy Blake on March 17, 2020

One of the joys of podcasts is the ability to be doing something else while listening.

I have exhausted my ‘Running Tracks’ and need to download other songs, so for now have discovered ‘The Comedian’s Comedian’ Podcast.

This is a podcast where Stuart Goldsmith interviews other comedians about their craft, their angle, how they write, what makes them funny and what they think and feel about comedy and much much more.

I selected episode number 250: Simon Evans.

Back in 2002 when Bob and I had another business Reality Media, we managed the marketing budget of a small group of hotels and restaurants. The biggest hotel in the group was The Royal Oriental Hotel in Luton.  We did a deal with the airport which filled it to capacity every night and then moved on to filling the bar and the buffet nights. We wanted a monthly event, so we launched “The Luton Laughter Club!”

Simon Evans was our first headline act. This was before he became more well-known.  Listening to the interview yesterday it was great to see what made him decide to be a comedian and work at it.   He was encouraged to try his hand after heckling at an open mic comedian who had re told a joke which had just been used by the compere.

The compere had just told a joke about students and “their desire to take the fire extinguisher at the back” followed by “its peanuts being in a marathon”.   When the next open mic comedian came on stage and told the fire same extinguisher joke, the audience went deathly quiet.  Simon shouted, “Do the peanut joke!” It brought the house down.

I think it is important if you are amusing and entertaining to share some of that. Now is a good time to work a bit harder on being funnier.

That doesn’t mean jokes have to be intelligent, it just means you have to think things through rather more, weak or easy jokes will help a little but, far less than well worked language and stories.

So my call to you, if you are someone who is already witty, is to take time to be funnier. More very funny people can be just what we need.

Shall we end on my three favourite jokes?

  1. Bob Monkhouse – When I die I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did, in his sleep. Unlike his passengers who were screaming in terror.
  2. Bill Hicks – I never got along with my Dad. Kids used to come up to me and say, “my dad can beat up your dad.” I’d say “yeah?” “when?”
  3. Joan Rivers – The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.