You know that friend you have that is totally funny all the time? He or she
(...though I'm betting it's a he; women aren't so insecure that they have to constantly reaffirm their identity by making jokes all the time...)
is a lot of fun to be around, and you find yourself laughing and laughing when they're around.
Maybe you're lucky and you're close to two or three of these people.
Maybe YOU are that person (more likely you think you're that person but it's really Bob. Get over it.)
When I hear a comedian on television or on the radio, it's rare that I feel this same connection. I mean, there are plenty of people I find funny (Chris Rock, David Letterman 15 years ago, anything Christopher Guest and company does) but there exists a disconnect between me and them, and I can't imagine them being my friend--or at least they're not funny in the same way my "funny" friends are.
There are two exceptions to this:
The first is David Cross
and the second is Paul Feig.
I just finished reading SUPERSTUD, and it is at both times laugh-out-loud funny and a brutal, self-deprecating look at love, sex, and relationships and how they affect you in your late teens and early twenties. I cannot imagine being this honest about my own experiences out loud to my most trusted friend, let alone submitting it to Three Rivers Press for publication.
For those of you who happened to grow up in Michigan in the late '70s - early '80s, it will hit home on a much greater level. While reading this, I truly felt like I was having one of those late night conversations with a friend or mine. I'm guessing this is partly because Paul Feig and I are pretty close in age, grew up in lower Michigan about the same time, and therefore have almost all the same cultural references to draw on.
I'd be interested in hearing from anyone else who has read his stuff and finds it funny, yet didn't wait outside the Silverdome to see The Who, The Clash, and Eddie Money in '82.
*That Rope Feeling? You'll have to read the book to find out. It's worse than you think.