Many people don't know this story, but I'm about to share it. A few years ago, I was at my absolute lowest. I was severly depressed, lost, and felt completely alone. It was so bad, I sought out the help of a therapist. I simply knew that I needed help, and it needed to come from a professional. It was around the same time, I met someone who ultimately gave me the final push to try stand up comedy. It is my belief this was fate. Comedy was always something I wanted to do, but I never had the courage. When I first took the stage, I was petrified, scared shitless, I was on a show at the World Famous Comedy Store. What? My first joke got laughs, and then I was in love. I didn't kill that night, but I got some laughs, which was more than I thought I was going to get, the feeling was incredible, and I knew I had to get more. The thing is, it also gave me something to redirect my feelings towards. I started hanging out in comedy clubs all the time, and my sadness was consumed by laughter. I was making other people laugh, and I got to listen to other comics, and they were making me laugh, and pretty soon, I wasn't sad or depressed anymore. I was happy, I was really happy. They say laugher is the best medicine, and I can say from first hand experience, that it's true. Comedy gave me something to love, and my life has changed because of it. I now get the opportunity to bring joy and laughter to other people, to strangers. I get to go to different cities, cities I never would have gone to, and I've fallen in love with them. I turned my negative into a positive, and I'm so proud of myself. Knowing where I was emotionally, and where I am now, I'm so proud of myself, and so glad comedy exitsts, because without it, who knows where I would be. With the help of my family, friends, and my new found love, I've overcome a lot, and I hope to inspire others to do the same. Life can be tough, cruel, and downright unfair, but we can't let it get the best of us ever.
As I sit in my hotel room right now, I sit after completing a weekend of shows in Boise, Idaho. Is it the most glamorous place? Maybe, maybe not, but I got paid to tell jokes. What in the world can be better than getting paid to do something you truly love to do? As a comedian, I'm nowhere near famous, but that's okay, becaue I'm doing what I always wanted to do. Comedy. Thank you comedy for saving my life, and for showing me true love. I love you!