There was a study released by Reuters earlier this month on Comedians. In this study by the British journal of Psychiatry they said Comedians among other things demonstrate moodiness, social introversion, and the tendency to lateral thinking.

The report was posted on Face book, given to me by my Wife for me to read to show me why she is on the way to being my ex-wife, and I brought the copy with me to show to my therapist who in typical therapist fashion asked me what I thought. You would figure at what she charges an hour she would have some ideas as she has been listening to my antics and back story for over a year.

What do I think??? I think the study is pretty much spot on. Before this study came out many there has been many a conversation in a Comedy club greenroom on why we do what we do and why.

Let’s break down the basic premise of what we do.

What normal person would get in a car, drive three hours one way to talk from fifteen minutes to an hour to talk in front of total strangers to get their approval and in my case try to hide in the corner when the show is over so I don’t have to meet with people because I am not good in social situations.

That’s crazy  but a lot of us are like this.

I am not a social person and I like to keep to myself. With the exception of the compound I hate parties, I do not like weddings, crowded bars or anything with a large amount of strangers.

I also do not celebrate special occasions I do not celebrate my Birthday, or Christmas ( yeah I know I am Santa) or rarely smile in pictures.

I also can be somewhat moody as well just ask anybody that knows me.

However I love to go on stage and make people laugh it’s that feeling that is the drug that takes away the pain that has lead to a lot of these traits that comics have.

For a lot of comics this drug is what will do the trick, for other tragic comics this drug is not enough and they need to go farther to drugs of a different nature and we have  tragically lost or almost lost some of the most  brilliant comic minds that were out there. 

We had the gentleman who conducted the study, Professor Gordon Claridge of Oxford University call into our show.

 The chat room said he was boring but he is an Oxford Professor not Rich Vos. I found him fascinating as he gave us an insight on the study.

Pip asked the professor some great insightful questions as well , they would have been more well received if she had read the write article LOL.

My take on some of the symptoms is this

A tendency for Anti social behavior- As we are locked in our own world we create things around it and then observe what drives us to be anti social and then go on stage and report our findings to an audience.

The laughter we get in return is the silver lining and pay off and what keeps us  in our anti social tendencies.

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