The Blues Can Make You Dance


When it comes to comedy, Ted Alexandro champions thoughtfulness:

Comedians are thinkers. The best ones are akin to philosophers, in my opinion. Not that that’s the goal, but sometimes these funny insights can also be deeply profound. I think the more you hone your voice, take risks and talk about things that matter, the better chance you have of getting into the realm of the philosophers of stand up. But you have to be funny. People don’t come to a comedy club simply to hear someone’s thoughts, no matter how profound.

Chris Cobb reports the rest over at The Believer: the budding comedian also talks up New York’s bar scene, community amongst professionals, and how laughing at something is really acceptance in disguise.

Bryan Washington has written for Puerto Del Sol, Ninth Letter, and Midnight Breakfast, among others; he's also the recipient of a Houstonia Fellowship. He lives around New Orleans. More from this author →