The timeless tale of Adam, Adam, Adam, Adam, Adam, and Eve.
Talking to Wayne White About Cartooning, ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse,’ and Humor’s Role in the Art World
“A lot of people argue that art is not about communication but I don’t quite buy that altogether. I think all artists want to communicate deep down — or why are you doing it, why are you putting it in a room where people can see it if you don’t want to communicate? Just keep it to yourself if you really believe that. I think most artists are frustrated entertainers in a way. They’d never admit that because it’s so, so uncool — the artist is the ultimate cool mysterious thing — and that’s just so much bullshit. Most artists are very insecure and they want as many people to like them as possible, that’s why they’re doing it. Artists are full of shit. They’re supported by intellectuals that egg them on. Artists are not intellectuals either. They’re nerve endings. They’re responding to the world around them and they’re trying to communicate, and then an intellectual critic comes along and gets ahold of them and tells them how great they are and how deep they are, and they start believing it.” - Wayne White
We’re feeling really, really good guys.
The Spoils of Babylon (2013) vs. Written on the Wind (1956), from my review for Splitsider.
Here are some photos from last night’s Anchorman 2 premiere in New York.
The Cherokee Effect Comedians: Mark Normand
Before you got that break, was there a certain point where being a full-time standup felt like a realistic possibility?
Well I was a janitor for two years and it probably wasn’t until the second year of janitoring where I was like “This could be something – I think I’m getting there.” I was so broke — I ate the cliché ramen noodles and all that good stuff. Sometimes there would be free bagels at work and I’d put like eight of them in my pocket. But if you start looking at it like that for long, your back is against a cliff and you just have to write write write. I tried everything. I submitted packets for the Charlie Sheen roast, I wrote a packet for Jimmy Fallon. I didn’t have a manager and no one had heard of me so it was all bullshit. So there were a lot of baby steps.
What was it like to go from those tough day jobs to one day being a full-time comedian?
Oh that was insane, especially because your self-esteem is so low when you’re working these jobs. I have jokes about how sad work is and all that – you feel so low, you’re like “I’m a janitor, I’m literally the guy who pushes a mop around.” And then you go out at night and kill and go back to your job the next day and you’re that loser guy again.
I talked to Mark Normand about transitioning from lowly janitor to full-time comedian. Read more here, including tons of great advice for aspiring stand-ups!