One question that comes up almost every time I give a media interview is the one on ‘the most difficult things about being a comedian’. Most of the people who are not comedians seem to intuitively understand that being a comedian is not easy. But what they are unable to figure out are the exact reasons as to why being a comedian is not easy. That, in my view, is what gives rise to the question on ‘the most difficult things about being a comedian’.
So, speaking as someone who does occasionally dabble in comedy, what would I term as being the most difficult things about being in this field? In other words, what are the most difficult things about being a comedian? Two quickly come to my mind.
The first difficult thing about being a comedian is the fact that as a comedian, people tend not to take you seriously – even when you are serious. This can be bad enough when it involves your fans — and maddening when it involves your close relatives, including your kids, who may stop taking you seriously on account of your dabbling in comedy.
The second difficult thing about being a comedian is the fact that as a comedian, you have to take a rather circuitous route to benefit financially from the talent. In other words, there is no easy way to benefit financial from comedy. To benefit financially from this talent, you need to organize shows, get people to pay entry fees (or get corporate sponsors for the shows)… and so on. Sometimes, the whole thing becomes so hectic that one is tempted to stop comedy and get a job at Walmart: in which case there would be a fortnightly paycheck waiting to be viewed at www.walmartone.com. Thus, in a nutshell, the financial aspect of being a comedian can be very challenging, unless you are at the very top of the industry.