Practically Joking

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

April Fools! But not really.

At Movie Madness, I try to create engaging posts for you guys all year, but even I need a break sometimes. In the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak, jobs have been put on indefinite hold; schools have shut down; uncertainty reigns supreme. Before this viral panic ensued, I planned to take April off each year to continue creating posts and doing very boring but necessary things like showering and folding my laundry.

One of my favorite things to do when I need a break is watch standup comedy. As a kid, I discovered standup when my brother showed me a Comedy Central Presents routine and I was forever changed. Comedy Central became the only channel I left on television.

Every April, I will highlight a comedian (or several) and some of their noteworthy specials so that any of you out there that need a brain break can lighten up a little. Standup comedy has been one of the things that keeps my mental health well, healthy. As they say, laughter sometimes is the best medicine.

This year, I picked John Mulaney.

A Chicago native like myself, John Mulaney talks about his drinking problem, his marriage, and his extremely Catholic upbringing. Current specials on Netflix include New in Town, The Comeback Kid, and Kid Gorgeous – the last two of which, I got to see live when he came to The Windy City.

Standup comedy is wonderful and weird because the things that make me laugh may not make you laugh. Professional comedians put everything on the line and showcase a surreal blend of pain and laughter that gives a unique perspective on everyday or extraordinary life events. While some folks have unending lists of concerts and bands, I have an unending list of standup comedians I hope to see at live shows; some, like John Mulaney, I have already crossed off the list…but I would certainly go again, if given the chance.

That’s one thing I personally look forward to sharing with you all when this quarantine ends – laughing at jokes. Until then, enjoy some comedy from the comfort of your couch and remember that like a kidney stone, this too shall pass. Leave a comment on some things you’re looking forward to after quarantine, or share a list of your favorite comedians!

I will be back in May with regular posts! In the meantime, check out the backlog of posts and leave some comments! Tell your friends to come along! Oh, and if you are a standup comedian, drop a line so I can check out your material. I will actually do it; heck, I’ll probably even buy tickets to one of your shows.

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