*START WITH JOKE:
My ex-wife made FIVE (5) international moves with my children. She asked me ZERO TIMES for my approval. But in the name of Fatherhood, I followed nevertheless.
It's not easy moving around the world so many time while NOT having a TRUST FUND (like my ex) and actually having to start over again and again and again and again and again.
Simultaneously, Britain has some mighty strict immigration and labor laws (or at least it did). The ex held ISRAELI & BRITISH citizenship and had homes and lawyers in Israel, Europe and Britain.
Although my mother was born and raised in the UK, served in it's Army during war time (which is how my British Mother met my American Father - in a London pub - as he waited to cross the British Channel as part of the largest Amphibious Invasion in history to free Britain from the menace of Hitler), I was not eligible for UK citizenship when the EX decide to move there - TWICE - with my two young sons (the Brits are seemingly a very ungrateful bunch).
But I followed, preserved a nightmare of immigration hearings, and eventually found a way to survive as a Stand Up Comedian and Beggar (it's amazing what one will do to stay near one's children).
Once thing I knew from all my years as an actor: I could ACT funny. There was a certain side of me that, in person, was a TRAIN WRECK.
...and train wrecks, while overbearing, often the ruination of relationships and to be shunned in person, can be hilarious - ON STAGE...
"...people in the Middle East are dying ...they're dropping faster than young boy's pants at a Michael Jackson Pool Party..."
It was a great joke because I could just switch the main character of the joke for the audience:
"...they're dropping faster than young boys pants at an Elton John Wedding Reception..."
And if you were out on the road, in some hick town in Northern England or Scotland like say Paisley:
"...dropping faster than young boys Cozzy's at a Michael Barrymore Pool Party..."
...being a successful standup involves knowing what's going on in the world, not being afraid to go waaaay out on a limb, not succumbing to fear of failure AND, having huge balls.
*So You Think You're Funny:
An A to Z Approach to Stand Up Comedy
by Sam Pinkerton
Check our my book on how to perform Stand Up:
(pictured below with my old buddy & Legendary Native American Comedian Charlie Hill)
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