I live in the eastern part of America, and I try hard to be funny. I'm the one adjusting his tie in the above photo.
There’s a stand-up comedy show at the UCB East called Lasers in the Jungle that I started going to last year whenever I was in NY. I quickly came to realize it was one of the dorkier shows the UCB had to offer. I say “dorkier” in a 100% affectionate way. It was frequently awkward and cringe filled, but in between those moments you’d get to see some super talented people kill it. The show’s turnouts ranged from fifteen people to a half filled room, so it was always this real weird space where they got weird standups, and I just fucking adored it.
One of the hosts of the show was this younger dude named Dan, he was the first to notice that I was a frequent attendee of the show back when I first started going in late 2013, and always recognized me when I returned whenever I was back in town. I took a liking to him since he was a consistently solid performer, and because he was always surprisingly pleased that I was a fan of the show. Literally after every show he’d make sure to thank me, and shake my hand for returning. It was a small gesture, but it really was a cool thing to do, and made the whole thing feel personal.
From about late June to Late August I attended almost every Lasers in the Jungle show, and I had become a part of the show’s whole dynamic. The hosts would pick on me for being so young, and every time Dan would announce who I was to the audience he’d make me a bit younger, “Oh look! It’s Andres our 12 year old fan!” It was a really fun routine, and after the show Dan would always shake my hand thanking me for coming, and I would always return the nice sentiments by complimenting the show.
Tonight was my last day in NY until November (Sandwich Night?) so I had this dark cloud over me for the whole day. The whole return home signaled the start of my Senior year, and the beginning of the college process. The sadness only increased throughout the day, even up until I got to the UCB theater for the show. As I sat down in my usual seat at the show I felt pangs of sadness as I realized Lasers in the Jungle would be the last comedy I’d be seeing live for a few months. Tonight was different though because for the first time Dan noticed me in the audience prior to the show. He walked over to me and after talking for a few minutes I informed him I would be leaving NY tomorrow. He was surprised by the news, and seemed genuinely kind of saddened to hear I wouldn’t be able to attend the show anymore.
The show itself was strong tonight, but the whole time I had the cliché “sinking feeling” as my final comedy show of the summer slowly came to a close. As the show wound to its conclusion the hosts came back on stage one final time to thank all the performing comics. After thanking all the performers Dan gave me a shoutout for attending almost every show over the course of the last two months. Then the lights came on in the theater, and just like that my summer was over.
I thanked Dan for hosting the show that was basically one of the highlights of my summer, and he told me he’d return the favor by making sure to attend any stand up comedy I do in the future.
I just felt like writing this all down at 4 AM because I really don’t know what kind of person I’d be without comedy. The UCB theater and TCGS (though I guess TCGS is a part of UCB) have really helped usher me through my teenage years. It’s been four years since I’ve stumbled upon this whole world, and I’ve had so many wonderful memories due to it. I was a sad kid when I found comedy, and I still am real sad at times, but this stuff reminds me not everything is horrible. There are some real wonderful things out there.
Lasers in the Jungle is just another one of those wonderful things I’ve discovered because of all of this, and Dan is just another wonderful person I’ve met along the way.
Is anyone going to thechrisgethardshow at mnn tonight ?
Well if you’re already in the city, come
To Mnn at 6:30 tonight (8/13/14) if you want to watch a taping of tcgsteenz !
paigelfinch can’t make it to this taping , unfortunately.
I can tell this is going to be a good one!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to attend!
This is going to be real dumb/fun
I took this picture of myself at the end of a day I spent in bed, scared and crying, feeling alone and hopeless and completely desperate.
This is the face of my mental illness. This is the face of my sadness when it is at its most inexplicable and its most pronounced.
I am not ashamed of it.
Gethard is quite the guy. You should all like him.