“The reality of reality is often times a prison for people who look at the world through a completely different prism.”
Confession: the title of this blog was stolen from Lewis Black – I have to put that our there before we move forward. This blog is about Robin Williams, but also about comics in general.
Everyone knows about the passing of Robin Williams by now, I’m not going to belittle his death by pontificating about it. What his death does make me think about is how good talent is often robbed from us all too early – especially in the field of comedy. The list is long and heartbreaking…below is just a small sample(!)
- Lenny Bruce
- Bill Hicks
- Richard Jeni
- Mitch Hedberg
- Sam Kinison
- Greg Giraldo
- Patrice O’Neal
- Chris Farley
- John Belushi
- Robin Williams
Most (stand-up) comedians have inner demons and insecurities – major inner demons and insecurities. Most comedians seem to become comedians in order to subdue (and some would say outsmart) these demons and insecurities. Entertainers who push the boundaries always seem to push the boundaries of substances, like drugs and alcohol. The reality of reality is often times a prison for people who look at the world through a completely different prism. Bill Hicks is my favorite comic of all time – he was a major alcoholic and drug abuser for a period in his youth, but he got clean and lived to tell about it (in a funny manner I might add). He was then robbed of us by the death sentence of a pancreatic cancer diagnosis – he was 32.
I like to think of comedians as the middle men between reality and what the world could be if we just tried to not take everything so seriously…they are seers and muses. | Fin |