For the last few weeks, I've been working on the new Boom Chicago Show, "Why Aren't You Happy Yet?" It's a grueling and rewarding process that taxes me to my limits and then props me up for another session. 14 hours a day or there abouts. And that's why I haven't written. The last thing I want to do when I get home is write about what just happened. Tonight, though, I had the night off. A bath, some pasta, some trip-hop courtesy of Live 365.
And then, I started working on sketches. It's what I've been doing for the last few hours; working on an Opening to the show. I decided to Google the phrase "aren't I happy" for some inspiration.
Holy shit. I unlocked Pandora's Box. It seems like everyone on earth is unhappy, regardless of what they have or don't have, what they've accomplished or haven't. Of course, Google is a Filtering mechanism, and when you look at the world through the filter of "aren't I happy," it seems like everyone isn't happy. Regardless, I didn't realize how universal the new show's theme really was.
I point now to a webpage with a wonderful lecture -- it's http://www.collegeofteachers.ac.uk/brainofthefuture.htm ... and it's about our brains. And of course, I found the article because of the phrase contained within it somewhere, "Aren't I happy." Which, by the way, is always preceeded with "Why". Or so it seems. Anyway, the lecture is about alzeimers and neurobiology and such ... really great reading, and nice and long, too. Lots of ideas for an opening for a comedy show ... but none of them funny.
I'm really ranting here - stream of consciousness stuff - but I thought I'd try to update quickly before I got back to work. Enjoy the article!