[Are you a healthy comedian? - Louis asked this question to those in the "Alt Standup Comedy Google Group"]
I know a lot of you out there have a diet that consists of Hardees and Taco Bell with the occasional frozen buffalo wings heated up in the condo microwave, and that your exercize regimen… doesn’t exist. Personally, one of the reasons I chose standup as a life is because it allowed me to lie on a floor for several hours eating lard and crying, only having to pull myself together for an hour a day or so. But if you want to have any longevity as a comedian, or if you want your brain and body to provide you with any consistent creative flow, you have to eat somewhat right and do some ex...
[In response to Louis CK's question: Are you a healthy comedian?]
I try to do coke a couple times a month to get my heart rate up though Viagra can really get the ticker running at high speed especially if you are trying to come while you’re extraordinarily drunk. Cialis to a lesser extent but for a longer duration.
Often times on the road I will take very long walks when I wake up and don’t know where I am and need to get back to my hotel. Terror can at times be a great replacement for a sauna to help you sweat out the toxins. Sushi is very healthy I’ve heard and will help clean out your system the longer you leave it sitting around before consumption. Dry heaves help keep the abs ti...
For me, it’s not really about weight loss. Training just makes me sharper and mostly increases my endurance. let me put it to you all this way: Trying to be a standup comedian for a living, or beyond that, trying to pursue a life in comedy that has longevity and bredth, is crazily hard.
Lots of folks say it takes 15, maybe 20 years to make a great comic. Lots of people start out with a lot of talent but by the time they hit that many years they’ve given up, become bitter and crusty or have died from ill health and depression. Outside of all that, it seems to me that if you’re trying to do something extraordinary, which succeeding as a comedian is, if only by virtue of the fact that...
[In reply to Louis CK, who was leading a discussion about the importance of maintaining a physical training routine and its relation to comedy]
I concur that poor health leads to sloth and effects your creativity. Repeating any behavior continually will effect your writing as it gives you nothing new to say. I do drugs, yes I do but I only do them socially. Its the fact that I talk openly about it that gives the impression that there is a frequency. I’ve probably done mushrooms 6 times this year, acid once (poor quality), coke maybe 5 or 6 times, and about three xanax a week to sleep. I dont smoke pot.
So smokes and drink are about my only habits and the cigarettes certainly n...
Well, I would say: Holy Ghost Power (you've got to be one of God's favorites, because he whispers in my ear EVERY Day).
But here's the REAL answer: moderation, and do what you are supposed to do. Listen to that little voice. You'll be a lot less stressed. Most stress comes from the fact that we're lying to ourselves and the people around us. Follow your primal impulse. And realize that there's no escaping plain old death.
The best part is standing on the stage with your comedy being able to turn a passive audience into an unruly mob. The worst part of standup comedy is the insane pressure on the spine and lower back from standing up for so many hundreds of hours.
I stopped smoking, I lost weight, I became very conscious of health. I became a good patient. My father died at age 46 of a heart attack. I had my heart attack at age 53, and now I'm 80. So I must be doing something right, even though I'm currently eating a pizza slice. If I drop off in the middle of this, goodbye to all.