Originally published with Paste Magazine on October 8, 2015.
On the surface, comedians may seem light and funny because of their work. Anyone given to making people laugh surely must be happy all the time. And yet we know this isn’t true—the miserable, self-hating comedian is an old cliché, in part because it so often seems to be true. Despite their propensity to create goofy characters, write hilarious one-liners and more, comedians often have a knack for great dramatic performances. We wrote about this a few years ago, but it’s time to take another look. Sometimes the funnier comedians seem to be, the more readily they’re able to tap into some deep, dark well of reality and pain. [Full article available at Paste]