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16 September 2014 - Emotions and Performance Groups
An artist’s stock in trade is emotions. We provide relatively safe places where people can explore their emotions, what they mean, and what things can be done with them. As living beings emotions are important tools for our survival. Fight or flight keeps us from losing our lives to predators. Bonding and intimacy help us […]
02 September 2014 - What We Think We Want
One truism goes: the best way to get rich quick is to write a book about how to get rich quick. I would say a few other topics are also easy ways to get attention, such as how to find true love or become famous. We all share certain basic desires. These desires have a […]
28 August 2014 - Wonky Beginnings
Shame and guilt are different. Guilt is when you feel you have done a bad thing. Shame is when you feel you are a bad person. A similar distinction exists in developing as an artist. There are the mistakes you make when creating a new work, which are distinct from having no talent. Nobody comes […]
18 August 2014 - Why Is It So Hard Saving the World?
I have been an activist for more than thirty years now. The world is in ever increasing social and environmental crisis. People are frightened. Some people have been frightened for so long, or have cared so much for so long with insufficient results, that they find themselves unable to engage anymore. Despair and disempowerment are […]
12 August 2014 - Comedy and Suicide
Many of us are saddened by the passing of comedian Robin Williams. People are expressing bewilderment as to why someone who was so rich, famous, and brought so much joy into people’s lives would want to kill himself. Some just chalk it up to “the sad clown” stereotype. I cannot know why Robin Williams made […]
04 August 2014 - Who Is Good?
In the last number of decades we have seen more and more people admiring fictional villains, seeking transgressive humour, and deriding those things that are meant to represent good. In step with these trends is the increasing violence found in TV, film, and computer games. Is this a sign that people are going bad? Is […]
01 August 2014 - The Strongest Are Kind
Marketing loves casting people into competitive positions: surely you want to be a big alpha male with all the best stuff, surely you want to be the thinnest most sexually attractive woman with all the best stuff. Our culture has expected girls to be kind, gentle, nurturing, and submissive. When a girl feels the need […]
29 July 2014 - From In Search of LOLitanium to Infinity!
After this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival I have been re-thinking my blog. Even though I could say more about comedy, I haven’t been certain if I wanted to remain so narrowly focussed here. I went into the arts because it’s who I am. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t feel 100% dedicated […]
12 May 2014 - Take The Leap Now
I’m currently finalising sign-ups for an arts festival. I know a few people who have talked up a good game about participating, but when push comes to shove, are unlikely to do it. I know of one fellow who asked to help on one of my shows as crew. He said he wanted to learn, […]
25 March 2014 - If Kafka Tried His Hand at Standup
Once in awhile I get people who want to know how to make money writing jokes who have never wandered in front of an open mic. They tend to think they are uproariously funny, just ask their family. Worse are the academics who get the occasional laugh from their students. This is not to say […]