The cover story of Time Out New York this week is about - and I'm not paraphrasing - the current "comedy boom."
"LIVE COMEDY Takes Over NYC"
That's the headline. No joke (Sorry.)
The New York Comedy Festival (What?!) was apparently in full swing here last week, unbeknownst to me, but not slipping my notice is the current surge of interest in all things funny. As of yesterday, I now personally know of at least three people who just decided to take-up stand-up. Just like that and they're off to any number of the city's countless comedy clubs, or grabbing an open mic in a bar whenever and wherever they can find one.
On the personal front, around our house, like many, many households these days, we don't watch CNN or MSNBC for the news anymore. We watch Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher. Comedians. Not only do our adolescent kids keep informed on world events via Comedy Central, but our 16-year old son, an old soul indeed, is infatuated with stand-up comedy, and not just as performed by Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifia...whatever, and Wanda Sykes, et al, but he's also into the old-timers like Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, and even the deceased funny, like Richard Pryor and George Carlin.
So, what gives?
Well, in case you thought 5D was a "serious" dimension, think again. While interpersonal turmoil, creative labor pains, natural disasters and generalized existential angst were part of the initial Wave in 2012 that took us to 5D, humor, laughter, joyfulness and satisfaction in love and creativity will be the ambience post-Wave. And all of our Higher Selves know that physical life is "just a ride" anyway, as comedian Bill Hicks blithely pointed out (See the FPL post HERE)
So, lighten up enlightened readers. In the words of Michael the Archangel, as portrayed by John Travolta:
"You gotta laugh. It's the key to loving."