July 6, 2010

I Wish I Was Funny

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Were you the class clown? Or comedian? Do you tell great jokes? Are you the life of the party? I admire you then. I was the one in class both slinking down in my chair so I wouldn’t be noticed laughing but also secretly wishing you’d stop because you were kind of embarrassing.  I’m the one who listens so intently to your jokes but doesn’t really laugh because I’m trying hard to remember it so I can retell it and have people think I’m funny too. I’m also the one standing off to the side at the party, watching you and trying to figure out how I, too, can be so attractive to others.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a bore or anything like that. It’s just that I’m not funny.  Or at least I don’t think I am. Goofy yes, but funny? That’s a whole different space/time continuum. And I don’t even get there. At least I don’t think so.

I wasn’t funny in school. I was always very serious. Then again, when you grow up and are more of an adult at 7 then those are the chips you are dealt and you play them the best you can. And, no, I can’t play cards worth a darn! Casino games and me are so distant that I can go to Las Vegas and not be tempted one bit.

So why am I telling you this? See, I want to do a vlog (video blog) and I want it to be interesting and funny and for people to like it. But I can’t figure out how to take my goofy self and turn it in to funny. Not like rainbow clown-fro funny or slapstick funny. Just funny. Like make people laugh. Or maybe not really laugh but at least to think to themselves ‘this is funny’. Funny like a good skit on SNL.

Can someone become funny or is that something developed while in the womb? I hope it isn’t genetic because if it is I’m a lost cause.  This is one of those ‘someday’ things — Someday I will be funny! So what can I do to become funny sooner than later? I’m on a quest to find my inner funny!  Can you help me?

Sara

{ 8 comments }

kim/hormone-colored days July 6, 2010 at 6:02 am

For the vlog, just be yourself. If you try too hard, that will come across as, well, trying too hard. As long as you have fun with it and are pleased with the result, it will be good. Posting it will be an exhilarating experience. Take a deep breath, hit publish and tweet me the link when it’s up. (Signed, Fellow Goofball who is only funny in the comfort of her book group)

Sara July 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Kim,

I’m so excited you visited and left a comment on my blog. I appreciate the encouragement. Now, to find myself and figure out how to get that camera to make me look like a star!

Sara

Megan July 6, 2010 at 10:43 am

Hey Sara! Thanks for stopping by my blog from mingle monday 🙂

How interesting you know people in this area- its so small!!! My mother-in-law lives in AG, and thats where we lived when we first moved here (I was born and raised in Tucson and my hubby is from here). Now we are a bit south of that in Santa Maria.

Bubble Gum Alley- SO SO icky- but for sure a must see!!!

and you said your hubby works in SFO… Im drawing a blank… wheres SFO???

Jess July 6, 2010 at 11:36 pm

When I recorded that “fashion” vlog the other day, I decided, “The topic is boooorrrrinnnnnggg, but the bloopers, now those are the gold!”

My mom’s dad (may he rest in peace) told me something during a visit from New York when I was 7, “Life isn’t worth enjoying if you can’t laugh at yourself.” I’ve never forgotten it since. It led to my “The Funny One” title and near miss at a highlight in my junior high yearbook as “Class Clown: Girl” (I lost to a redhead. Come to think of it, they were both redheads. Conspiracy? Reason for my affinity/desire to BE a redhead? Interesting.)

Sure it sounds cheeseball and cliche, but think about yourself as being hilarious. Think it. Be it. Just like with positivity, funny works under the same guidelines.

Sara July 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Jess,

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a helpful and insightful comment. As for the class clown thing, better you didn’t win. That’s a heavy burden to carry.

I think I’m funny, therefore I am!

Sara

Kim P. July 7, 2010 at 7:49 am

Well, I disagree with you. I do think you are funny and you just don’t know it. When we hang out, you say things that make me laugh. I do believe it’s hard to be funny when you have to talk about a topic and record it with a plan. Like Jess said, her bloopers were funny. I do believe some people are just naturally funny people but I they usually have a lot of funny material to work with; like a big family and they turn something not so pleasant into something funny so they can deal. Don’t be so hard on yourself, you are a very pleasant person who has many funny moments; you just don’t see yourself that way, we do!

Sara July 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Kim,

You are too kind! Go on….

I guess maybe it’s not so much about trying to be funny but just letting the funny come naturally. Maybe that’s it, I’m trying too hard. I need to just be myself and if I’m funny then I am.

Thank you for saying you think I’m funny. I think it’s different that other people think I’m funny but I don’t. Possibly I should listen to my friends.

Sara

Honey July 8, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Hi Sara,

I have never vlogged, so no advice there.

My mom does say that I am quick on my feet. To me that means that my thoughts come right out my mouth without being processed, which is not always a good thing.

Just be yourself and we will love whatever you vlog about.

I have wondered about vlogging, but I know it will be a sea of kids heads in view if I ever try that because they never sleep (at least not since summer hit) and they are always up way before me.

For what it’s worth, I think you are funny and I am glad you are my friend.

Blessings
Honey

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