I applied to an opportunity that asked me for a statement of purpose. Here it is!
Being funny is job one, but if I’m not expressing myself and my worldview, there’s no reason to do comedy. I do think of comedy as performance art. If that’s pretentious, then I’m pretentious. It wouldn’t be the first time, and it won’t be the last.
If you just want people to laugh, I guess you can just make fart noises into a microphone? I don’t like walking out of a comedy show with no new ideas to chew on. It’s like seeing a movie and you have fun in the moment, but the details are fading into the ether by the time you get to your car.
I think of my comedy like it’s dark bread, it’s delicious but it has substance, too. And it makes you poop.
My comedy is also heavily colored by my experiences being a woman in comedy, so it’s also like a snake eating its own tail.