Originally posted by David Acer:
Cruise ship work always struck me as being a bit of a double-edged sword....I imagine its hard to whitewash your act so completely that no single part of it could possibly offend anyone ....Ive always felt that one would have to sell at least a little bit of ones soul to be successful in the medium, and I wonder if the price isnt too high?
I concede there's a degree of truth to what you say, but I think that depends on what your edge is.
I've seen your brilliant act, and I have never forgotten how wholeheartedly and aggressively you hugged that staid 55-year-old man in the front row. I have rarely laughed so hard in my life.
However, I do think that there's quite a bit more transgression in your persona than there is in mine. That's a lot of what makes you so damned funny.
What makes me funny, entertaining, and likable is something else entirely.
I do agree that cruise ships require lots of consensus, but then, what about the tyranny of the corporate and trade-show market? What about the tyranny of working for Disney World? I witnessed firsthand the multitudinous ways in which one could offend on Amtrak, since I worked 65 four-day Amtrak trips over four years.
If you work comedy clubs, which I suspect you do, that probably gives you the most latitude of any venue except, perhaps, the street.
I currently work the street five days a week, though, and I hardly need any of that latitude! How might I insult? Sometimes, I say: "Kids, if your parents don't put a couple dollars into the hat, that means they don't love you!" But recently, I've begun cutting that out because it doesn't fit my persona.
Some of us need latitude and some of us don't.