A TV show where the main character, played by Sean Bean, dies every episode. The show is titled, “One Does Not Simply Live.”
I’ve only been like once or twice.
Last night I realized something fascinating about myself. As I sat at my iMac having a Google Hangout with Sam working on turning a joke into a Tumblr post, I realized I love the combination of technology and comedy.
Since I can remember I’ve wanted to make people laugh. I’m obsessed with it. I’ve also always loved technology and I spent 3 years working for Apple, maybe the biggest technology company in history. I am just now realizing how much technology and comedy have in common.
Comedy and Technology are essentially about the same thing. They are both about solving a problem. Comedy is about solving the specific problem of how to make somebody laugh. Language is the main tool we use. We work to put words together in such a way that they surprise the audience.
Tumblr is the technology I use to solve the problem of not being able to reach an audience. Tumblr has given me the ability to reach numbers of people that I never could on a live stage.
For a long time I thought my path was supposed to be the typical path of a stand up comedian who performs live shows until he catches a break and gets into television or movies.
But last night, as I worked on creating a post that exploits the specific technology of the Tumblr photoset, I realized that maybe I was always meant to be an “Internet comedian.” Maybe using technology to create, publish, and share my humor is the path I was always meant to take.
On one hand, it is hard to compete with the immediate feedback and the rush you get when you make a live audience laugh. On the other hand, I’ve never performed for 20,000 people, but jokes I’ve made on Tumblr have been viewed and “liked” by that many people.
I’ve always loved comedy because it feels like I’m cracking some sort of code. You start with a premise for a joke. It’s a good start, but it’s not funny yet. Then you take what you words and actions and find a way to apply them in order to achieve the maximum result.
Last night I realized Sam and I were doing that exact same thing, only with a Tumblr photoset. And when the post was created and it was exactly what we hoped it would be, it was one of the most satisfying feelings I’ve ever had.