The truth is, I weathered the transition to post-Goddard very well. I think I’m happy. I know I’m happy. I’m very busy, especially with my stand-up comedy class. With stand-up, I’ve found a new identity for myself.
My stand-up comedy act pokes fun at family therapy. I imitate my parents and act out a typical family therapy session with them. That in itself is very funny. Then I have this character Irene. She’s based on a character out of my memoir, but by the time I got done writing my routine, she was very changed, of course. I have a middle section about one of my adventures with Irene, loosely based on a real incident, and then return to family therapy. And that’s it. The entire act takes ten minutes.
The class instructor wants me to write more, and I intend to do so. Much of stand-up involves writing. I love the writing part. I have already written a new act, and am planning out more jokes.
When I do stand-up, I’m a different person. I’m loud. I’m animated. I’m a little bossy, and I am quick to poke fun at the audience. Ordinarily (for those of you who have never met me) I am kind of mousy, quiet, restrained, and methodical. I find this change incredibly exciting.