Okay, I realize that I'm not as funny as I think I am, which Mrs. Newmark will remind me about now and then.
However, sometimes I want to confront people with an unpleasant truth, and confrontation often makes thing worse. (By "truth", I mean what I think is the truth; please adjust for that.)
In the mid-eighties at IBM Detroit, I had a really good manager, John S., who told me that my confrontational habit had polarized my coworkers. They either hated what I told 'em or loved it. He pointed out that my sense of humor might be my only saving grace.
It took little time for me to realize he was right, and that in practice, it frequently didn't matter if I was right. Aaron Sorkin got it right in the movie A Few Good Men:
Tom Cruise, in character, demands "I want the truth!" and Jack Nicholson responds: "You can't handle the truth!"
Maybe 20 years after watching the movie, I realized that comedy is what allows humans to understand an unpleasant truth.
Sometimes it doesn't matter if I'm not really all that funny, or have any more good material. As Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David reminded George Costanza, it's okay leaving them wanting more:
Okay, I really do realize I ain't all that funny, but it works.
I'm never going to do standup comedy, but in that spirit, please remember to tip the waiters!
In the meantime, check this out…