Comedian Paul Schissler explores the unseen side of the comedian’s life in response to Ecclesiastes 4:13-16:
Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning. The youth may have come from prison to the kingship, or he may have been born in poverty within his kingdom. I saw that all who lived and walked under the sun followed the youth, the king’s successor. There was no end to all the people who were before them. But those who came later were not pleased with the successor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
A Comedian’s Bedtime Story
Written and recorded by Paul Schissler. 2017
From the Artist:
There’s a side to comedy that the audience doesn’t see. A side that’s not filled with laughter. So often people question what it’s like being a comedian– how hard it is, what’s the motivation, what’s the goal? You work obsessively on something that results in mostly failures, setbacks and self-doubts. It’s incredibly lucky to “make it” in comedy, and often feels futile. Like chasing the wind. This bedtime story is an honest look at the rollercoaster feelings inside a comedian– hope, determination, joy, self-doubt, hopelessness.
Paul Schissler is a NYC comedian and co-founder of Comedywire.com. Paul’s been part of the NY Comedy Festival and seen on The Steve Harvey.
This work was curated by Michael Markham.
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