There’s a common belief among the civilian population that comedians just live funnier lives, and that’s why they have such funny stories. But I think most comedians would tell you that their lives were anything but funny, that they were boring and humiliating and filled with frustration, and it was simply the comedic tendency to pick out the ripest details and build stories around those that made for humorous anecdotes. I’d like to suggest that these are both true to some degree. Because with very few exceptions, everyone’s life is made up primarily of quotidian drudgery broken up by rare and momentary events of mild interest, and comedians are no exception to that rule. They have to put their diamond-studded silk pants on one leg at a time before applying their clown makeup just like the rest of us. But at the same time, the civilians also have a point. Because let’s be honest, not everyone has a videotape of them sparring at full speed with a dude in a SpongeBob SquarePants costume. But Louis CK does.
Semi-charmed kind of life.