I’ve hit the wall with this blog. I’ve decided I’d rather write an essay collection. I’m thinking of writing funny essays. Here’s my question: Who do you think is funny? (I mean people you know personally. Not some famous comedian.) And how important is that to you in choosing friends? Or collaborators? Or are there people who absolutely crack you up that you’d never want to befriend? You know, because they're insane? I’ve had a few of those.
I just watched the bonus features on the Ricky Gervais 2nd season of *Extras* and it’s so clear to me that he surrounds himself with people who AMUSE him. On the dvd there is one long feature about how he likes to tape up his editor. This is a man who has worked with Gervais for YEARS. He tapes his head mostly with packing tape and paper bags torn up in scraps with doodles on them. But he also likes to tie up the editor’s whole body with tape. It cracks him up. He also has a guy on his *Podfather* podcasts who absolutely cracks him up–Karl. (If you’ve never listened to one here’s a link: http://www.rickygervais.com/
The point is I don’t think that Gervais knows why he is drawn to these particular people–never mind Stephen Merchant his co-writer. I don’t think it matters to Gervais why these poor souls have been charged with amusing him in this life. All that matters is that he is delighted by them because they keep him going. So that’s what I’m going to try to do with my essays–just write about the people who crack me up. Then we’ll see if that translates to a reader.