Mental Health

How Doing Comedy Makes Me Feel

I have always loved comedy. I love comedy movies and I love funny celebrities like Ellen Degeneres and Amy Schumer. I love how Demi Lovato uses humor and silliness to connect with her fans and make them laugh, no matter what they’re going through.

There is a big comedy community where I live, and I never really knew that until about 3 years ago, I saw my best friend do stand-up for the first time.

After that, I started going to local comedy shows frequently, and I really loved it.

Laughter is such a powerful thing, because it forces you to smile. The shows made me forget about the problems I was dealing with by filling me with joy. Comedy makes people feel joyful.

I thought, “It must be an amazing feeling to make people laugh, and to be able to joke about what life hands you.” I really wanted to do it myself but thought I couldn’t because of my speech impairment. This was the first time I thought I couldn’t do something I really wanted to do.

But then something changed. My friend messaged and told me she was producing a variety show for people with disabilities to perform. She invited me to do something for the show. I choose to do a comedy set with help from my best friend. I used a text-to-speech program and spoke a bit. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go because my text-to-speech program lacked the ability to express emotions but it actually went really well.

I pulled it off. I made people laugh. The next question was…could I do this on my own?

A couple months later, I decided to try it solo. And again, it went really well.

I did stand-up a few more times after that. The last time I did it, I killed it! I got an applause break after almost every joke, which took me by surprise.

Doing comedy makes me feel amazing for so many reasons.

The most obvious one, I get to make people laugh. This feels so good because I never know what people are going through.

Every time I do a set, it’s more proof that I can do anything I set my mind to. And I get to shatter stigma.

I can joke about bad, embarrassing experiences that happens to me, which makes it a good outlet. Some bad experiences can actually make great comedy material.

Lastly, comedy has taught me not to take life so seriously. If I embarrass myself or mess something up, I now laugh it off and add it to my next set.

I haven’t done a set since June. If any comics can book me for a show, it would be greatly appreciated. Just shoot me a message!

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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