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  • Writer's pictureLanny Farmer

Forcing Funny

I feel like lately I’ve been a bit of a lazy bum when it comes to comedy. I haven’t been able to do many shows due to other commitments. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe it’s good to take a step away for a bit and re-evaluate what I’m doing.

Unfortunately, the past 2 or 3 shows that I’ve signed up for I’ve had to cancel due to schedule conflicts. Which sucks and makes me feel horrible. I hate canceling on people. But I know that I can’t do everything. I have to make changes when that happens.

But I think there is a lesson that can be learned from all of this. Maybe taking a break is a good thing. Give yourself time to recover and relax. I know getting on a stage for 5-10 minutes isn’t strenuous exercise, but it does take a lot out of you. At least for me.


Lately, I’ve been in a rut with writing jokes. I was forcing myself to write stuff that I wasn’t necessarily thrilled about. Usually, I let jokes happen naturally instead of writing for hours and hoping something good comes from it. I was putting too much pressure on myself to come up with all new stuff when it just wasn’t there yet. 

So this is a breathing period for me. A time to reflect, work on other things and let jokes come when they do. I still write down all my ideas and keep them saved for when inspiration hits. I’m waiting for jokes…not forcing them. I think I’ve learned over the years that when you try to force funny, it doesn’t work out too well. At least not for me.

But anyways, that’s where I’m at. I think I just needed to write this to get my thoughts out. And hopefully in the next month or so, I’ll be back to doing my regular schedule of shows. But for now, I’m enjoying this break and giving myself some time to do other things. 

It’s always healthy to not overdo things you enjoy because you end up not liking them as much. You know, things like eating, or exercising, or meth. Everything in moderation, man.

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