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Comedy, Meet Tragedy. Tragedy, Meet Comedy.

It's weird how in comedy you focus on the details of life, then discard a lot of the deeper meaning and go for the joke. After so many years of this - having to have the end result be a laugh made me stay away from more dangerous topics. Topics like my sister with cerebral palsy, being raised by a black woman, having my mom die young before I was ready, and even more dangerous topics I'm too frightened to mention.

I'm learning the great creative adventure of not going for the laugh, but rather letting the writing of a story unfold. As I release my latest book to you, "The Message of You" - I realize that I wrote it because I was learning the same lessons I was putting to paper: that ALL our stories, both funny and dramatic -- have a need to be expressed.

The interesting part is that even in dramatic stories, sometimes the laugh organically finds it's moment, without any help from us. It's an amazing turn when even in the darkest moments of life, a laugh gets caught on a jagged edge of sorrow, and that laugh comes from a divine place. It's the laugh of transformation - when we can see the humor in the darkness, it lights a path to healing.

Maybe, finding those moments when tragedy turns into comedy - instead of the other way around - is the magic we ALL seek.

6 comments:

Mary Jane Mapes said...

Love the book! Powerful and well written - definitely a book for anyone who desires to speak for a living!

Dee Cascio said...

Beautifully put, Judy. I loved this part: "It's an amazing turn when even in the darkest moments of life, a laugh gets caught on a jagged edge of sorrow, and that laugh comes from a divine place. It's the laugh of transformation - when we can see the humor in the darkness, it lights a path to healing."
I have your book and the Coomedy Bible. Also heard you speak at NSA in DC. You were wonderful. Can't wait to read you new book
Dee Cascio

Barbara Sehr said...

"It's the laugh of transformation - when we can see the humor in the darkness, it lights a path to healing." Dammit, Judy, you wrapped up in one sentence, my forthcoming 323-page memoir Rush Slowly. Thanks for your message in the book you signed for me in Burbank. Thanks for helping me move forward in comedy—and now, perhaps in public speaking. All my best to you.
Barbara Sehr http://www.barbarasehr.com

Alicia Dattner said...

Love this, Judy! It's so exciting to see the next development in your work. And it seems to fit so clearly with what I'm up to now, bringing the lightness into the darkness with The Spiritual Comedy Festival.

Thanks for helping me write those great jokes about being a virgin when I was 20!

Marty said...

This article was expressed beautifully and is a very profound message for performers. Thanks

Julie Kertesz said...

The book "The message of you" as well as the three days spend in the Las Vegas bootcamp, begin to take its effect on me. I try to find a common "message" from my stories, that seem so divers at first look. Already found one that explained me how I had the guts to tell "I am not a dealer" at age 48 and let believe I am distributor of computer products, when I was, yet, none. The year spend with other name and other family papers, at age 10 during the nazi terror, taught me a lot even as I did not realise that till I read your book. Thanks Judy! Now I can unite my two "signature" stories, that seemed totally apart till now. And I did not stop the introspection, just begun. You influence indeed, our lives and stories, as we hope will ohters.