Someone who makes you laugh is a comedian. Someone who makes you think and then laugh is a humorist.
A Life of Laughter
I’ve been a professional standup comic all my life without realizing it. The school district actually paid me a teacher’s salary so that I could have a captive audience every day.
We had so much fun; I would have gone to school even if they hadn’t paid me.
I may have broken the law a time or two, but who wants to squelch a great spontaneous idea with permission slips and parents’ signatures. Those were the days when kids didn’t have their own attorneys.
Educator to Entertainer
With years of Toastmasters, public speaking, teaching, clowning, improv, and magazine writing, I began my quest to learn the business of comedy.
I am honored to say that my first two courses were taught by Emmy Award winner Gene Perret who wrote for Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, and Carol Burnett (my all-time favorites). Many courses later, lots of chewed pencils, scrunched up rewrites, and performances for growing audiences, I’m on my way.