TOO FAR! Keeping deprecation funny Jul16

TOO FAR! Keeping deprecation funny...

Some people say that The Big Bang Theory “makes fun” of geeks. I disagree. As a comedian, I have written two shows for dinner theatre based on the TV comedy. I think it had the potential to make fun of geeks, but it went somewhere better. It became a celebration of geeks and geek culture. If anything, it helped make geeks cool. Let me explain where I am coming from. I’m a comedian. I make fun of things for a living. I make fun of my family, technology, movies and other people. But mostly, I make fun of myself. But where’s the line drawn? How far is too far? When does it stop being funny? To answer that question, we should start at the root of comedy. Humour is a weapon, and a darn good one too. Often humour is used to cover up pain. That was the case for me. I’ve always been chubby. In high-school I would constantly suck in my gut. I was terrified to show people the real me, or at least my real stomach. Then one day in a comedy club, I came clean. “I have a bit of a weight problem,” I said. “You can’t tell ’cause I suck it in.” That got a bit of a laugh because despite my best efforts to hide it, it’s fairly obvious. “No really, I’ll prove it, look!” I stood with my profile facing the audience, “sucked in” and then I let my gut hang loose. For the first time in front of a large group of strangers, I revealed what my body really looked like. It got a huge laugh. I should point out that getting a laugh from sticking out your stomach is a double-edged sword. On one hand, you’re...