Friday, January 22, 2010

It isn't easy being absolutely hilarious.

I generally consider myself to be a person with a good sense of humor. I only say this because this particular attribute of my personality is frequently affirmed by other people. I've been told I'm funny so I assume it's true....I mean I've even won awards for it. I recently had a friend tell that I am on her list of the top 5 funniest people she knows. I also have a friend who claims I made a comment to her that was "the funniest thing she had heard all year" (this was said in late of 2009 mind you). Heck, I've even won what many consider to be the most prestigious humor-related award there is....a tie for runner-up to Wittiest Boy in my high school graduating class. Well, maybe not the most prestigious award, but it did recognize the fact that according to popular opinion that me and another guy were equally not quite as funny as some other guy. But still....I guess that's worth some credit. But being a recognized as a partially high school-wide approved funnyman is not as easy as it seems. With great humor comes great responsibility.

For instance, on a number of occasions when I have made a humorous remark to an individual, after the guffaws die down, I have been met with unfortunate responses such as "Where did you get that?", or "What is that from?" Upon being met with this sort of response two conflicting thoughts often pop into my head. I could be insulted that this person thinks that what I have said is so hilarious that there is no way I could have made it up myself....or I could be flattered that the person thinks that what I've said is funny enough to have been used in a movie, tv show or some form of mainstream media. Which of these is the better frame of mind is something I don't have the answer to, but it should be known, I'm not a fan of using other people's material without giving them credit. Just ask those who are close to me that I have told to "cite your sources" when repeating something that I or anyone else has said. ;)

However, in the end all of this really doesn't matter. I love making people smile and laugh, and I am extremely thankful that God has granted me the ability to do so, for the most part, with relative ease. Being a jokester has it's risks and challenges, but in the end it's absolutely worth it.....and that's no joke. (Bet you didn't see that coming.)

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