Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | Categories: LOL Blog |
Last week, we played a clip of Andrew Grose calling his daughter a "bitch" and his son an "ass". The crowd erupts in laughter and everyone has a good time. I'm sure Andrew's kids are cool with their dad saying what he does in his act, but there must be times when family members get upset with their comedic kin over what they say on stage. Considering that comics typically write about what they know, many comedians draw from their personal and family lives. Some of the biggest names in comedy owe their success to family, including Ray Romano, Bill Cosby, and Rodney Dangerfield.
I remember the first closer I had was a bit about my dad's inability to sing "Happy Birthday". The crowds loved it (and still do.) One day, I showed my dad a video from one of my sets. He saw the birthday bit and was pissed! So much so, that he didn't speak to me for almost two years! Seriously. There wasn't anything offensive in the bit but, nonetheless, he was upset. He felt embarrassed by it. Eventually, he came around, but that two year period had me questioning everything.
It makes me wonder - have you ever been the subject of a joke and if so - how did it make you feel?